I have now completed 10 projects from “Happy Homemade Sew Chic” and have a decent wardrobe of clothes to pull off the Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult look. How did it go? Here’s a Top 10 list of patterns, from best to worst (titles of each item are links to my full reviews, in all the gory detail):
This skirt uses a ton of fabric and looks like shit. There’s no point in sugar-coating it. Damn, it’s bad.
The outcome is pretty bad here too, but we kind of knew that going in, didn’t we?
This blouse seemed like it was a pretty good outcome, but I never wore it once.
Something about the boxy shape and the silly frill at the sleeves didn’t work for me. To be fair, I adapted this pattern a bit for the fabric I had. But still, it was a disappointment.
I wore these pants quite a few times this summer. I made clamdiggers instead of shorts, as you can see.
They’re OK. I don’t love an elastic waist. They’re versatile and simple to make. But they’re also kinda baggy – to be worn with long blouses only.
This dress looks better than it wears.
Without a belt, it looks like maternity wear. With a belt, it looks like belted maternity wear. It’s cool for summer and a quick project, so I give it a passing grade.
This jacket takes a bit of time, compared with the other projects in this book.
That’s not saying much. I mean, these are all pretty simple projects. But since it’s an unlined jacket, you really need to do some nicer seam finishes to make it work. My rendition, in silk dupioni, turned out pretty good.
This dress gets high marks for introducing me to cotton double gauze, a wonderful fabric for summer.
I later hemmed the sleeves to make this more summery. I wore it all season, calling it my “Japanese house dress.”
This jacket turned out pretty well, although I changed up the pattern to add a fastener at the neck and other touches.
If you’re going to wear a sundress, really wear a SUN dress, right?
This dress is very sunny and flowy. My fabric choice elevated it from “meh” to fab.
- Tunic with Roll-up Sleeves
My favorite garment from the book! I wore this all summer and plan to make more for next summer.