I am working on a vest made with strips of Bali Pops. The fabric is beautiful, the pattern is horrible. I'm not going to share the name of the designer because I don't want to cause waves. I will say that it is a "quilt as you go" pattern. Let me give you an idea of what I've been dealing with... You use the same pattern piece for the front and the back. You put the back on the fold, then use the same piece for the front and cut up the center front. Somehow having breasts makes this pattern not work so well! The front armholes are gaping, the center front separating zipper does not conform to my body... it just fits weird. So, I put darts in the lower front arm hole pointing towards the bust. That took care of the gaping armhole, but the zipper is still a problem. I'm going to take it out, add facings and do some fun buttons. The pattern also has a Mandarin collar. That will finish it all off nicely. (I hope)
Moral to this story? I should have known better! There should have been front and back pattern pieces! There should have been darts in the front! I did take my measurements to make sure I was using the correct size. However, I know too much about garment making to have fallen for this crummy pattern.
So, here's a picture of my mess. After I've altered it I'll re-post... I'm just hoping I don't put it in a drawer and think about it 5 years from now. Who knows what my measurements will be then! LOL!
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love... especially yourself!
Hugs from Mary