I don't want to be reasonable here so if you get bothered by my rant, know that I am usually very nice. OK, fair warning.
I smile at some posters on PatternReview forums who have a LOT to say about how to sew, or what is a good design, or take umbrage at someone else's opinion. They may, in fact, be advanced or couture seamstresses, but I can't tell because...they don't EVER review anything!
I never see their work. They do not publish reviews on PatternReview or on a blog. They just come onto the forums and yammer. Who are they? PR exists to review patterns-so we can all benefit from one another. I find it weird that some sewists would not want to include reviews of their own work. Perhaps they do not want to photograph themselves.
Some people include photos of their work on dressforms, which is fine but I prefer seeing the clothing on a live model. Which brings up the next mini tizzy--->
PatternReview is not a fashion magazine. It really isn't necessary to wear full makeup, shapewear, and arrange pro lighting to show us the McCall's dress which you sewed. I bet you would still get comments if you took a pic in your backyard. In fact, it is easier to see the details of clothing if the person is not contorted.
Why do I stay if these things annoy me? Because PR is a GREAT resource.
1. 113,930 reviews as of today
2. Links to 100's of pattern companies, new and established.
3. Online classes at reasonable rates, and good support for questions during classes.
4. Patterns are available for purchase, and copyshop printing is offered for a small fee.
5. Sewing machine and notion reviews are found there-another way to expand your knowledge!
6. FoPR (Friends of PR=paid) access to their own pattern catalog, fabric catalog, and an online project queue which includes links.
7. A community of like-minded people is developed through the forums, the message center, and contests.
I have been a member for 11 years and really appreciate the generosity of members, and the chance to become friends with many people around the globe.
I've been sewing quite a bit. M7200B is a great pattern for summer coverups. This is made from rayon challis, a fabric from hell. I used a size small and did not do any petite adjustments. The sleeves are at a good length for me so I did not include the bands. I'd normally wear this with a long dress or pants, but this works.
I am also working on a shirtdress, based on the Florence shirt from Sewing Workshop. I have lengthened it and changed the sleeves. I think it will be a great dress and am looking forward to sewing another version. I still need to finish the sleeves and make buttonholes. Here it is, on my dressform.
Finally, we have a new member of Sunkist Stables-meet Diego.