Weekend Sewing Errata
Last updated June 2, 2010
The directions include using 2 strings, but the pictures show only one string.
Everything Tote Bag
There is an error in the materials list for this project. You will need at least 1 yard each of the main and lining fabrics, not 1/2 yard (possibly up to 1 ½ yards, since there are a few long pieces that need to be cut on the bias). The handles in the picture are much wider then the handles would be as per the directions. This pattern DOES NOT work for directional/one-way fabric. Certain other designs also will not work, as some patterns might not look good if they are on their side.
Since you are cutting on the fold for the tote and lining, it is very important that you pay attention to how your fabric is positioned. If you follow the directions regarding the binding and the handles, you will end up with much narrower straps then what they show in the picture. If you want wider handles (similar in width to that shown in the picture), when you make the handles and binding, just fold in half once, and attach that way (instead of folding in half, and then folding again as per the directions).
Flower Girl Dress
The bodice on this dress is meant to fit comfortably but snugly against the wearers chest. In order to ensure a perfect fit, follow the instructions at right to customize your pattern piece. To make this dress easier to put on and take off, do not attach straps to the back of the dress. Instead, use sew on snaps or buttons to make them detachable.
Instead of making the straps as they are, cut 4 straps. Then fold and iron each strap in half lengthwise to create a crease. Open the fold and fold each lengthwise side toward the center as if you were making bias tape. Iron. Fold in half length wise at that original crease that you made. Tuck one of the short edges (width edges), and then pin the length of the strap and edge stitch it up the length and around that finished width edge. Then you can just sew the straps right in when you’re attaching the front facing/front bodice and back facing/back bodice and don’t have to do all of that fussing or hand sewing. Plus, then the dress will be completely adjustable for the little person that you are sewing it for.
Guest Room Slippers
The directions include doing a hand-sewn blanket stitch for the sole, but the pictures show a machine zig zag stitch for the soles.
Huck Finn Pants
The pattern pieces may be mislabeled. Many people have made them by flipping the front and back pieces, and that seems to work. Otherwise they seem to be baggy in the front and tight in the rear.
Kimono Dress and Obi Sash
If you want your sash to be long like the one in the picture, you’ll need to add approximately quite a lot of inches to each side sash panel. How many inches will also vary depending on your waist size.
Many people who have made this dress state that the bodice runs large and is very loose. Also, the waist appears to run a little high. Make sure that your elastic thread isn’t old, as old elastic thread does not seem to work as well.
Should be 1 ½ yards of bias tape, not ½.
Pajama Pants for Everyone
The fabric requirements and layout diagram will work only for the smaller sizes. If you are making the adult size medium or large, you will need 2 1/2 yards of fabric, not 2 1/4 as listed. This pattern DOES NOT work for directional/one-way fabric.
The sizing appears to run on the small size, so go up a size if you are not sure, or don’t want them to be snug. You can also use a smaller seam allowance.
Saturday-Night Silk-Jersey Set
You may want to make the top a few inches longer in the front (and increase the ties accordingly), and make the skirt about an inch or so lower so that it won’t sit up so high.
The “sleeve” pattern piece for this project is missing markings. There should have been dots indicating where to begin and end basting stitches along the edge at the shoulder. Basting stitches should be placed along the curve that will become your shoulder, starting and ending about three inches from each corner.
The blouse runs short (almost cropped), so you may want to lengthen the pattern, and increase the amount of fabric you purchase. 2 yards of fabric should be sufficient, as the amount stated in the directions might have you come up short. The neckline is very high (too high to be buttoned), so you may want to lower it. The placket is also very low, so you may want to shorten it so that it doesn’t plunge as much. The sleeves seem to run long. You don’t need as much bias tape as the directions call for, but you can use any extra bias tape to finish the sleeves.
Some sewers have modified the blouse to have a V-neck, and have also extended the length to turn it in to a beach cover-up.
Trapeze Sun Dress
In the photo for this project, the dress has a center pleat on its front. The pattern and instructions call for two pleats on the front of the dress. Follow the pattern as it is written or try making a center pleat, which will also work well and be more flattering on a more busty figure.
When the pattern says to topstitch the straps it says to stitch 5 vertical lines, but this isn’t possible with the measurements that are given. You can do 4 vertical lines and it will look great.
The sizing is off, and tends to run big. To get a more accurate fit, measure the pattern pieces themselves and compare to your body measurement above the bust.
Weekend Away Bag
This is another bag that you need to be aware of how it will lay on the finished bag. One way directional fabric does not work, as it will be right side up on one side, and upside down on the other. The optional pocket needs to be made longer, so that it properly comes up the right amount on the sides (if you follow the directions, it ends up too low).
Yard Sale Skirt
This skirt requires the joining of at least six panels, not five. For size 10-14, add two panels. For sizes 16-20, add four panels. If you are a small, you still may want to add a panel or two to get sufficient fabric to wrap over. For each panel added, make the waistband ties eight inches longer. Once your panels have been joined, test them by wrapping them around your waist. Then do the same with your waistband. Then attach your waistband to your skirt.