Saturday, May 28, 2011

CJ Dress - Fabric & Pattern Instructions

As promised here are the results of the pretreating tests.  I cut three 3" squares like Christine suggests.  Then I washed and dried one swatch with another piece of fabric that I was pretreating.  I left one swatch alone and the final swatch I steamed the heck out of by hovering my iron over it and pushing the steam button.

So here are the results:

...the washed piece...

...the steamed piece...

Since there was no change to the fabric, I'm just going to cut the dress out from the fabric as it is and proceed from there.

The other thing I wanted to share with you is the patten instructions.  You know how we all complain about pattern instructions and how they aren't complete...I just don't think I'm going to find that with Christine's pattern.  Here's what comes in the pattern envelope:

And look at how clear the pictures are and how the instructions are written:

There's no way you are getting lost or twisted here!  I'm working on the dress so I will have another update shortly...

Also, if you haven't used the coupon code at Christine's site, it is good until the dress is finished and I can pretty much guarantee that will be if you were thinking about getting a pattern or two, I would mosey on over now and make it happen! always, more later!


  1. I am looking forward to your completed dress. This has to be one of Christine's best marketing moves ever. I just ordered the same dress and the keyhole top.

  2. I think I'm gonna try the swatch test instead as I hate ironing a big long piece!
    Ashley x

  3. I'm looking forward to seeing your completed dress. And your "Rachel" skirt is quite adorable! I just love the pockets. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Thanks for keeping us updated. I took advantage of the discount!

  5. Those pattern instructions look very well thought out. I do love that - it is so annoying to have to spend time working out what it is that you're supposed to be doing. I like to sew, not do puzzles!

  6. Wow....that's a lot of instructions! I can't wait to see the finished product.

  7. I have the same pattern. This is my next project. I love that this is a look that everybody can wear. I can't wait to see your completed dress ensemble. Thanks for sharing your tips. I love your blog!

  8. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

  9. The best thing about Christine's patterns is that they can easily be adjusted. I've upsized several from size 20 to 22. They are well thought out and easy to sew. I also think (although I haven't tried this yet) that it would be fairly easy to interchange pattern pieces.

    When I first learned about CJ patterns, what I liked most was the concept of a uniform, a group of clothes that you looked good in and felt comfortable wearing. It's easy to put together a complete wardrobe with her patterns. If I could only make one, it would have to be the swing coat. It always looks good.

  10. OK, it's Monday, so I probably just skated in under the wire using your coupon code on the Christine Jonson website. I ordered 2 patterns. Thanks for the discount, Carolyn. It helped pay for shipping and I had some savings left over. Yay!


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