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Brown Fleece: Take 2

January 3, 2014

Yesterday, I attempted Kwik Sew 3977. I had been thinking about making this pattern for a couple of months. I had perfect material set aside–double sided chocolate Polartec fleece. One side was a low shearling and the other was a sweater weave. I knew that I was destined for success, so I saved this project so that it could be my first project in my RTW fast.

Well, I followed the directions and it went together easy-peasy. Then I checked it out in the mirror. Here is what I saw:

Not good. And there was nothing I could do to make it better. No matter how I wrapped, closed, or folded it, it was just not good.

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I was bummed, because I truly loved the fabric. I could not bear to throw that beautiful fabric away.

The good thing about Kwik Sew 3977, is that it is made out of 3 very large pattern pieces and two sleeves. I actually loved the sleeves–they fit very well. Since I had three big pieces of fabric, two usable sleeves, and some leftover fabric, I felt like I might be able to rework things.

Enter Simplicity 2309. I had just enough fabric to cut out this pattern. I made size 14, but that was way to big. If I make this one again, I will go with a size 12. In any case, here is what I came up with:

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This pattern calls for raw edges on the collar and founce. At first, I just serged the edges, but the collar looked a little blah. So took some chocolate, velvety upholstery fabric that was in my stash and serged some long half-inch wide strips. I then added these strips to the collar and the flounce. It’s kind of a funky look, but I like it.

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Thank you Simplity 2309!! You saved the day and my beloved, brown fleece!

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