Well, I’ve had a massive fail with not one, but two of the Palmer Pletsch patterns now. I’d love to show you the finished version of my black sheath dress sewn from what looks like one of the easiest patterns around, McCall’s 6355. But I can’t because I threw it away in a fit of disgust! First off, I think tissue fitting is a massive waste of time and don’t see the point in it, especially when sewing with knits. The knit fabric behaves completely different from the tissue, so after much fitting, cutting, scotch taping, pinning,
and creating a full bust adjustment, I was left with a horribly misshapen and huge knit muu muu with miles of extra ease and a hideously huge and obvious dart, instead of a fitted sheath. I was so frustrated with the fool proof system I threw the entire pattern and fabric in the trash. never to be seen again. Good thing I bought the ponte fabric by the pound downtown, so no loss there. I had better luck with my 99 cent Wal Mart pattern Simplicity 1358, which fit perfectly straight out of the envelope with no darts needed at all…. In my opinion, all that cutting and taping of the pattern is a complete waste of time and actually takes longer than just sewing up a muslin. Then I had to rely on my kid to pin me in the back and hope she was pinning correctly, since I couldn’t reach back there. I’m surprised at how mediocre this pattern was, since so many other sewing bloggers seemed to love this pattern.
A simple knit dress should not be so complicated.
This was not my first failed attempt at a Palmer Pletsch pattern. The last one I made, McCall’s 6613 was also a failure, as the armholes were drafted too low, reducing ease of movement. My husband can’t even wear the shirt i spent a full week sewing for him and also spent full retail on the fabric for. (Something I rarely do but knew he would love the Robert Kaufmann flannel).’. When I did the first fitting on him, we didn’t notice they lacked mobility. But once it was done, he admitted that the armholes just felt weird and uncomfortable. So I was left with a good looking but unwearable shirt for him….which I spent ages sewing and getting all the little details right. So, so, disappointing.
So no, I wouldn’t recommend these patterns to you, readers. But I’m all ears if you like them and please tell me about your success.
I’d say mine and my husband’s measurements are pretty standard, and don’t usually require much fitting , so buyer beware. I hate to give negative reviews since I don’t like being Debbie Downer. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!