Sense and Sensibility Patterns offers a variety of modest, feminine patterns in both girl’s and woman’s sizes. They also sell patterns for 18″ dolls to match all of the girls patterns. These dresses, aprons, skirts and blouses are beautiful pieces that will make you long for simpler days when ladies dressed like ladies and femininity was something to be celebrated. The patterns are organized by time period and cover the Regency, Romantic, Edwardian, Titanic and Swing Eras and are available in either paper of ePattern versions. Sense and Sensibility also offers helpful online sewing classes for those who may be a little challenged in the garment making department (yes, that would be me).
Sense and Sensibility was one of the vendors for the Homeschool Crew that I was super excited to see on the list. We had seen and heard of their patterns from many of our friends, but had not had an opportunity to try one. So the girls and I were thrilled when we discovered that we would be reviewing the Girl’s Edwardian Apron Pattern ($7.95) with the accompanying eClass ($19.95).
This experience sold me on idea of ePatterns. No more pattern scraps to stuff back into the envelope and worry about losing. No more boxes of patterns to store. The pattern is stored in our computer and we can simply print out the pieces and then tape them together. All right, taping it is a little exacting, but I suppose it is a a trade off..
After we printed and taped the pattern, we traced it onto muslin, since we were going to be making 6 (or more) aprons. Jennie, the pattern creator, recommends using interfacing, however we found muslin that was less expensive and it worked wonderfully. A nice side effect to using muslin (or interfacing) for the pattern is that we did not need to pin the pattern onto the fabric. The girls and I were simply able to lay it out and cut.
The eClass consists of a PDF of photos and an audio file of Jennie taking you step by step through slide show and explaining each step as you go. There are also videos for some of the steps that are easier to see than to explain. I was amazed at how clearly and concisely Jennie explained each step and at how effortlessly the apron came together.
I had not sewn anything other than cloth diapers and wipes since college and was a bit apprehensive about my memory. This class was precisely what I needed to step me through the process. It had enough information to refresh my memory and step me through some of the specifics that I had forgotten.
I had introduced both Amber (12) and Kaitlin (11) to sewing, but neither had made a garment or even followed a real pattern. The eClass had been ideal for me, but I already knew how to sew and wondered if it would be clear enough for someone who had little to no experience with sewing? I was pleasantly surprised. Both girls had no problem constructing the apron with the help of the eClass. I gave them a few pointers, but they were able to follow the directions in the class and construct the apron on their own.
Here are a few basics that the class did not cover that someone who has never sewn before might need to look up:
- Basting – I needed to explain what this was to the girls.
- The very specifics of gathering stitches. (What type of stitching should be used (basting), how far from the edge you should make them, leave long ends for gathering, etc.)
- Seam allowances
- When to back stitch
Everything else was clear and laid out simply enough that both girls were able to go through the eClass without additional input from me. Their aprons turned out beautifully and have been worn nearly everyday since being completed. The big girls have already been on the website trying to decide which pattern they would like to try next,
and the little girls can’t wait to model!
We received the patterns and sewing class free in exchange for posting this review.
This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.