Saturday, April 14, 2007

Loes Hinse French Country Dress

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Posted on:9/15/02 11:21 PM
Pattern Size:Regular
Pattern Photo:Loes Hinse Designs 5301
Loes Hinse Designs Pattern Information

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Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again
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I intended this to be a muslin for this pattern as I have never made a Loes Hinse design before and wasn't sure of the sizing. As I put it together I decided it was going to be rather cute even though it was a very inexpensive fabric. So I finished off the edges and popped it on. It has a fun, retro, housedress look. When I make it again, which I definitely will, I will choose a wool crepe or jersey and bind the pockets with velvet or suede. That will create a very different and I hope, elegant look.

I cut out the medium as my measurements fell between small and medium. I took it in so it became the small. I shortened it 5 inches. Be careful with the pockets. They are very clever and not hard but you need to be accurate. I used a bias binding at the neck instead of turning the edge under and topstitching as suggested. That caused a little problem with puckering as this fabric (rayon faille, I think) didn't want to ease much. Once I fiddled with that, the neckline finish looked good.

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