This dress wasn’t part of the original set of designs for Aurelia’s summer collection
, but I just happened to stumble upon the pattern (already cut out)
in a pile under my sewing table. Since the fabric was a cute teal color and had squiggly waves that reminded me of the jellyfish tunic
, I figured “What the hey? Toss it in.” It’s not like the girl’s gonna have too many summer clothes or anything!
I used Simplicity pattern 2270
from their Easy to Sew line, and good grief was it a hassle! Honestly, it’s not a difficult dress to put together, but I swear every time I use a store-bought pattern it takes me twice as long to figure out what they want me to do than it would for me to just draft my own dress from scratch! It could just be that my brain is problem solving how I
would put it together and the pattern is saying something different, but I can read through those directions four or five times and still not know what’s going on.
Eventually (no admissions about how long that actually was) I got everything straightened out, but I definitely wont be using any
pre-made patterns anytime soon I can assure you. I don’t care how cute they are, it’s just not worth the headache it gives me!
So am I the only one who has trouble using patterns or do you also feel like those directions
are written by martians? Or someone whose never used a sewing machine?