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McCall Pattern 7846 – Poncho – Review

Hi guys,

This is my review of the poncho I made from McCall Pattern M7846.

Was this poncho easy to make? Where the instructions easy?

Yes.  Very easy. The Pattern was easy to read as well.

Which view did you make?

View C.

Would you change anything about this pattern?

Nah, This look required only 1 large piece to be cut and to have a separating zipper.

Did you like your fabric choice?

It was ok.  I went to Joann fabrics for the fabric.

What Fabric did you use?

I am not 100% sure but it was in the section with all the other sweater/winter fabrics.  Sorry, sometimes I just grab what I need and go.  I will do better so that you guys can have some reference when you are fabric shopping. I know that can be hard.

Did the finished product look like the photo on the pattern envelope?


Does this pattern fit true to size?

I think so.  This time I mistakenly bought a size Medium.  I fell like I should have gotten a large.  So, I cut the Medium.  It felt very snug.  So, I would say it is mostly true to size.

Would you remake this pattern?

Yes, you can’t have too many ponchos.

Would you recommend this pattern to others?

Yes.  The other views are nice as well.

Could a beginner make this look?

Yes.  Definitely.

Tonia Y

DIY Pattern Review

Off Shoulder Winter Top – McCall M7849 – Review

Hi guys,

This is my review of the sexy off shoulder top made from McCall Pattern M7836.  I rolled my sleeves up (personal choice) but below there are pictures of the long sleeve finish.

  1. Was this top easy to make? Where the instructions easy?

Yes.  Very easy. The Pattern was easy to read as well.

  1. Which view did you make?

View C

  1. Would you change anything about this pattern?

Yes, I would eliminate the stitching of the 2 front pieces together.  I would just tape the two pattern front pieces together and make one piece.  I did not care for the stitch down the middle of top.

  1. Did you like your fabric choice?

Ehhh, it was o.k.  You know, I went to Joann fabrics for the fabric and they do not have a large diverse selection anyway, so I just chose one and went with it.

  1. What Fabric did you use?

It was a cotton knit.  It almost looked like sweatshirt fabric but not really.  You need a little stretch in your fabric for view C so that you are able to pull it over your head for the next piece.

  1. Did the finished product look like the photo on the pattern envelope?

Yes.  I would say definitely.

  1. Does this pattern fit true to size?

I think so, I always cut a size or two bigger than I need so that I can have room for error.

  1. Would you remake this pattern?

Yes, definitely.  It’s a cute top.

  1. Would you recommend this pattern to others?

Yes.  I love all the views.  I say go for it.


Pattern Review

Lemon Print Top – V9238 PATTERN REVIEW

I’m going to reiterate what seems to be this past years phrase that when life gives you lemons just make lemonade.  I did just that with this top made from Vogue pattern V9238.

The pattern looked pretty simple with only 15 steps but for me (and maybe I’m a little slower than others 😬) I found that the directions were not that easy to interpret.  Especially when attaching pieces 5 and 6 (the straps and shirt front piece strap).

Next, my fabric choice wasn’t exactly perfect either.  I only paid $2 for it at Fabric Wherehouse here in Dallas. I thought it was cute because of the print but it is very important to choose the correct fabric according to what your project is.  This fabric was hard to sew with.  It was light weight, no stretch and it kept rolling up on the ends.  Nightmare!

My top did not end up like the pattern shows (did you notice?) because I got confused in reading what the pattern was trying to say.  So if you are making this top, let me know your experience with it.  This was supposed to be an easy top but I disagree.  It was not that easy.

All in all.  The top ended up working itself out.  I honestly was going to just chunk it in the oh well I won’t be wearing this bin but I made it work. Would I make this top again? Most likely NOT! I’m not big on making patterns multiple times but if I needed to this one would be on the bottom of my list.

Pattern Review Pattern Sew Along

Vogue Pattern V9297 – Photo Sew Along (Independence Day Top)


Hi guys this is Tonia coming to you with another photo sew along.  I do these photo sew alongs because I want to give back to you guys because I know the struggle is real when it comes to these patterns.  When I begin a pattern, I do an automatic internet search to see if someone has a tutorial or some enlightenment of their experience of sewing this pattern.  It helps me.  If i get confused on the pattern instructions and it is difficult to figure out, someone who has already sewn the pattern is definitely a great help to me.  Or, if you are like me and HATE reading the pattern, seeing a tutorial is ALWAYS great and makes it easier.  Whenever I sew from a pattern I will always review it and take pictures of my every step and if you have questions, you can always email me.  I will certainly help if you get stumped .  Overall, I really liked doing this pattern.  I was pretty easy to follow.  I give it a B+.  I would make it again if I saw a need to.

Only 5 pattern pieces.  Make sure they are all cut out and make sure you have your notions… 22inch zipper and double fold bias tape.

Take your upper front piece #4 and sew your darts. Mare sure you do darts on both sides.   I marked mine first.  Cut them after you have sewn them and press open.  (see pics below)

Grab your pattern piece #5.  This is the back of your top.  Also, pin your darts on both pieces and sew.

These are you two back pieces with the darts.

Now put both sides together.  Right sides facing.

Stitch your shoulders and sides.

Now grab your pattern piece #6, lower back.

Right here you are going to sew only the bottom.  (look at instructions as needed as a guide as well).  There should be a notch you marked so that you will know where to stop.  Go Stitch that and stop at the point.  DONOT go all the way up.  Your zipper will go in the remaining open space.

Grab Lower front pattern piece #7.  No put them right sides together and stitch the sides together.

This is what your skirt will look like.  Remember the back is open for the 22 inch zipper.

Now take your top and bottom and sew together.  Put right sides together.  I inserted my top in the skirt.  I matched up notches and pinned.  Then I stitched.

Like this!

ok. grab your belt piece.  Pattern piece #8.   I chose navy blue because of my red white and blue theme and all.  🤣


Fold in half and stitched.  You will close one end up.  You will be turning it inside out and pressing flat.  I noticed that one of mine was a little bigger than other but it was too later.  I had already attached it.  You will see once I get the zipper in.  So make sure they are about the same size.

FYI – Before I closed my end.  I inserted a large safety pin below the stitched end, on the inside.  It allowed me to work the pin down to be able to turn the band inside out.  If you have a better method.  Please feel free to do it your way.

Next your gonna pin your ens to the back of your shirt in middle where the bottom and top meet.  Stitch down.  Stitch one on each side.  Stitch 1/4 th of an inch.

Should look like this.

Grab your zipper foot and stitch in your zipper on each side.  I know we hate zippers but they are necessary.

See this is where I was talking about my bands being a little different in sizes.

Grab your bias tape and start pinning.  Pin both armholes and then your neck line.

I cut this pattern wayyy to big for me.  So, I had to go back and add darts at my neckline and take in my should area about another inch and half.

Boom.  Your shirt is done.


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Pattern Review

Burda Pattern 6573 Review/Picture Tutorial – Green Pants


Cut all your pattern pieces out.  I made view B!

Now, Pin and sew your pleats

This is what it should look like.

Now do your other leg.  You are only pleating the back.

After that, pin a front and back leg and sew.

Do both legs!

Put both pieces on top.  Right sides together.

Stitch.  Stop at the zipper.

After you stitch.  install your zipper.  I put my zipper too high,  Make sure the end of the zipper stops at edge of pants.

Grab the zipper foot!

Stitch your zipper on.

You should have pants not.  Get

Stitch pattern piece #3 to the front of your pants.

Like this.

Grab your pockets!

Stitched one pocket on the front and back of each side of your pants,

Mark your placements if needed.  I did.

Put right sides together

Stitch the pants leg all the way down.  Leave opening for the pockets and also stitch closed the pocket,

Up zip the pants and add the back waist band.

There should be two pieces.

Pin to the top of pants (look at pattern piece if needed)  Match seams together.

Stitch 5/8 of a inch around.

Now fold over and get ready to stitch down.

like this!

Stitch from the outside.  Make sure the back in stitched as you sew.

This is what it looks like.  Your pants are all done.  All you need to do is Hem


Overall the pattern was pretty easy.  I think my pattern choice wasn’t that great.  The pants were hard to iron.  Would I make again.  Probably not.  Just because I had a few fit issues.  I didnt like how the front piece of the pants was really small.  It was kinda weird.  I was able to get away with how it turned out.  Also, I think that maybe because I am a curvy woman that that had a lot to do with the fitting issues.  I cut a 16.  Also always cut aleast 1 or 2 sizes bigger especially if you are curvy.

Pattern Review

Little Red Dress – Simplicity Pattern Review 8380 (Follow Along Instructions)

This dress was fairly easy, especially since I did not use a zip and lining.  I did not need it.  This fabric was very stretchy and thick.  I wouldn’t say a beginner could do this pattern someone who has read a few patterns and understand some concepts of sewing can do this pattern easily. Overall, I really like how it turned out and although I probably wouldn’t make it again.  I encourage you to do so.  Below are my directions to the dress I made.  I made it according to the pattern I just skipped a couple of steps.   I give this pattern a  👍!

Cut all your patterns pieces out. (I know mine look all jumbled up right now)🤪

This is pattern piece 1.

Pin Darts and Sew

See 🤣

Now Stitch!

Grab Back piece – Pattern piece 2 (do same as above)

When you have both sides darts completed, Pin sides and neck strap (see pic)  Go and sew

When all that is done!  Go and grab piece 3.  This is your binding. for the neck part.  Pay very close attention to the next pictures.

Lay right sides together and stitch about 1/4th of an inch.



Now  you are going to fold over to the back side and pin.

Like this! Then stitch

This is how it should look!

I tried to turn this picture but it wouldn’t turn.  But this is how you should be stitching.  Very close to the to the other seam.


This is what the inside will look like.

Now lets do the arm hole the same way.

Pin and Stitch first.

Then insert right sides together… and stitch

Just like before.  This is what it will look like.

Now fold over and pin to look like this.

Now Stitch!

A little crooked but here ya go! 🤣

Put this top to the side and grab your 2 mid drift pieces 5&6.

Stitch both ends together using 5/8 of an inch.  Attached the piece to the top and put aside.

Stitch your pockets on each skirt, right sides together

Put both pieces together and stitch sides of skirt and pockets (look at the pattern for guidance) I didn’t get pictures of these steps

When you are done with the skirt.  Grab your top and put inside of top with right sides together, line up seams and stitch the other end of the top to the skirt.

This is a good picture.


Pattern Review

BURDA PATTERN REVIEW 6966 – Extra Wide Leg Pants

This pattern was pretty easy. I do wish i had picked another color besides white. Overall i really like the pattern and I was able to make these pretty quick. You only have 3 pieces to cut.

First sew your darts. On all pieces according to the pattern.

Then stitch your leg sides closed

Your gonna have one leg right side out and one not.

Follow the pattern and put one leg in the other and stitch the crotch area. Pull the legs out like the next picture

You basted stitched the first 4 or 5 inches (review pattern) on your back pants for your zipper area. Now add your zipper.


Secure your waistband according to the pattern directions and book you have a cool pair of wide leg pants. I plan to make these in a couple more colors.

Overall this was the pattern was super duper easy. This would be a great project for someone learning how to sew clothing.

Pattern Review

Pattern Review -Simplicity 2406 (Cynthia Rowley) – Behind the Seams Pics

This may look like a simple dress but those darn sleeves really worked my nerves. I did however find a blog HERE that explained the sleeve a little better but not much better. But after a grueling 40 days and 40 nights i pulled through (just kidding). I was gonna try and do a sew along on this one but decided not to at this time.

This pattern came out i think in 2011. It’s still cute and fashionable. I’ve had the pattern in my stash forever so i decided to make it. I completed view B. I give this pattern a C+ because of the sleeves and the not so clear instructions of the pattern. You will be happy with it when you have completed it if you ever get it done. So if you’re making this pattern, stay strong and keep going even when you want to quit.