Picture this: It’s the last day of school before two months of vacation; you’ve had a rough year personally and professionally; and the pattern designer who fits your body shape best has just released three new patterns. What did I do? I bought them all!
Now, I’d like to acknowledge a few things up front.
1. Some people who I respect and admire are angry at some choices Closet Case Patterns has made, how they’ve handle past mistakes, and are frustrated that the extended sizing hasn’t happened yet.
2. You should spend your money where you want to! I believe our money has power.
3. I’m still going to enjoy these patterns and share about them online, because my past personal interactions with the Closet Case team make me think that they are indeed working hard on extended sizing, and it will be good when it comes. I have tested for them in the past but did not test this collection.
4. It matters to me that this launch represents a few firsts: first time they had a size 20 model, and first time in a pattern of theirs that I’ve used that 3 cup sizes were available. It’s also first time they released the pattern in French and English, and as a Canadian, ça c’est important!
Now let’s get to the fun part!
Oh yeah, baby! It’s a SET-TACULAR!
This is the Cielo with a pair of pull-on Jenny trousers that I made last year. I had just enough of the scraps to make the top, and I thought it would be fun to be able to wear them as a faux-jumpsuit! In the end, maybe it’s a bit too pyjama-ish for me to really wear out and about, but only time will tell. What do you think?
Let’s talk details, since I know a lot of people have bought the pattern and might be wondering about fit:
- I measure 45/39/50, and I sewed this in a size 16 using the D-cup pieces.
- I graded out to a 20 at the hips, and will probably add a smidge more room for safety when I make the dress version. My hips are 2″ larger than the size 20. (For reference, the floral Jenny culottes I’m wearing are a size 20, and the black ones I’m wearing in a stretch denim in the first pic are more like a size 16.)
- I shortened 1.25″ above the bust because I’m short and the armscye is drafted to be low.
- This has a baby hem on the bottom so next time I’ll add that 1.25″ back at the hem!
- I skipped the sleeve cuff because I didn’t have enough fabric.
- The sleeve seam sits perfectly on my shoulder.
- The bust darts sit a little wide on me, making poufs at my underarm. I’ll make them a bit longer next time.
- I love a neckline facing, as I said with the Ashton top!
- We all know I don’t like wovens, but I wore this all day and was totally comfortable! No pulling across the back or sleeves.
I hope that is helpful if you are considering this pattern! I can’t wait to make the lantern sleeves with the front in-seam pockets… and we all know this is going to end up as a knit before long. I’ve got plans to try the shorts in a stretch denim first and then the wide leg pants in a rayon challis. School is out for the summer, and I’m ready to SEW!
What’s the last pattern you felt giddy joy buying? Whose pattern releases to you stalk before launch day?