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Here's my pattern review:
Pattern Description: Men's Civil War Costumes (I used view A as it slightly resembled the uniform Prince William wore on his wedding day and I was making this as a Halloween costume)
Pattern Sizing: S, M, L
I cut a Medium
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I made it in red and added several extra details to make it look like a Royal Wedding uniform for Halloween.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Not really.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked that the pattern also included pants (although I only cut the pants and did not finish sewing them). I'm not a fan of the button fly, but it makes sense for being a costume for that period.
I did not like the directions. Honestly, after a bit of frustration I just folded up the instructions and did what made sense.
I also did not like the shoulders! I read other reviews about this and completely agree. I tried sewing the sleeves on as the pattern called just to see how "gathered" the sleeves really were. They were VERY gathered. I tried smoothing things out with the sleeves and it looked a little better, but they didn't lay quite right.
Fabric Used: Cotton
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The shoulders were gathered so I tried making them regular.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again, but would ignore the directions right away next time! I also would cut the sleeves differently from the start to prevent the gathering instead of trying to fix it later.
I would recommend this, but not for beginners. Just be aware that the directions are less than helpful and be prepared to go it alone!
Conclusion: The directions weren't very helpful, but the pattern turns out well if you just do what makes sense. But, the shoulders are gathered, so make changes to the sleeves before getting started if that's not the look you're going for.