I am happy to be sharing my pattern testing experience for Empty Hanger patterns today. To me, it is always an honor to be a part of someone's vision or dream. That is definitely one of the main reasons I decided to pattern test for Emily of Empty Hanger patterns. First, I love her designs! Second, I enjoy supporting new things that others are doing--especially when it is sewing-related!
As a mom with a busy schedule, I had a two week timeframe to complete the gorgeous Tomi dress that Emily sent to me:
I got started as soon as I got the pattern because if I didn't, I knew something would "pop" up in my household. And yes, surely enough, the night before the deadline my youngest son got hand/foot/mouth disease. Thankfully, I was done with the dress at this point, and only needed to put it on and take pictures. Crisis averted!!
Here is the description for the Tomi dress that I tested:
The instructions were very easy to follow. There is an order of sewing included for intermediate to advanced sewists. That makes it very easy to skip over parts you are familiar with, and concentrate on the techniques you need more hand holding on, if any.
Also, the Empty Hanger patterns contain cutting and stitching lines, clearly marked. The cutting line has the seam allowance included, and the stitching line does not. So, you can use the stitching line, add your own seam allowance, and check the fit all in one. Because I did not want to use a 5/8" SA, I chose to add 3/8" to the stitching line for my size. It worked like a DREAM!
Better than that, I was so impressed that I did not need any back adjustments. My only issue was the pockets. I inserted them per the instructions, and could not get them to lay flat without any gaping. I tried interfacing the front and back where they joined, but that didn't help. So, at the last moment, I decided to take them out.
Now that they are gone, this dress is one I will easily wear over and over.
In fact, I forgot about my favorite part, the split cuff sleeves: