Sense and Sensibility Pattern Review

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 goinsense and sensibility apronsg 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,Sadie Savannah aprons

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.

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12 Responses to Sense and Sensibility Pattern Review
  1. Nicki
    August 3, 2009 | 10:52 pm

    This is fun! I would LOVE to try these aprons. Sometimes I teach sewing to the girls in our homeschool group, and this sounds perfect for a class! And that dress in the first photo is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Heather
    August 4, 2009 | 11:58 am

    You did 5??!! This post just made me smile. I made my husband come look–the grins on those girls are priceless:) Good for you!

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    Raising Olives Reply:

    Heather,
    I actually have only done two and am working on my third. 🙂 My two oldest girls made their own and a friend of ours came over for some sewing lessons and made one for herself.

    Michelle @ my blessed home,
    I really liked the classes. If it is something that you want to learn, I would certainly look into it.

    Michelle @ precious peas,
    I would love to make myself one also. I don’t have any nice aprons and it is something that I would like to get into the habit of wearing, plus it would be fine to match the girls.

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  3. Michelle
    August 4, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    Those are so beautiful – both the dresses and the girls! Sigh – I wish I could sew. Pillows and curtains are pretty much all I can do. Maybe those sewing classes would be a good idea for me! 🙂

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  4. Mrs. White
    August 5, 2009 | 7:00 am

    The aprons are beautiful! You are so blessed with such a wonderful family. I enjoyed your review!

    Blessings
    Mrs. White

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  5. Angela
    August 5, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    Basting…. that is what you do to a turkey right?? (kidding) I can not wait til I get my (new or new to me)sewing machine. When I do, I might see if I can not barrow a bit of your time to teach me how to make sissy some dresses. She is too tall and thin to get anything to fit her from the store. (by that I obviously mean goodwill, habbitat, or yardsales… I AM learning after all. hehe) It all swallows her, by the time you get it long enough. You did an awesome job on their jumpers! I am excited to start learning. I will let you know when I get my machine. Thanks for posting these georgious pix of your gurlz.

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  6. Michelle
    August 6, 2009 | 10:56 pm

    I’m thoroughly impressed that you and your girls made 5! WOW! I’m working on my next 2 aprons for a total of 3. I really like the style of the apron and I think eventually, I will make myself one too. Great review. I enjoy your blog!
    Blessings,
    Michelle

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  7. Michelle @ Delightful Learning
    August 11, 2009 | 11:31 am

    Your daughters look very pretty in their aprons! You all did a great job on the aprons! Nice review too!

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  8. Mama Mirage (Jessica)
    August 11, 2009 | 3:11 pm

    They are lovely and the girls look so proud of them! 🙂

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  9. Mom2Seven
    October 8, 2009 | 1:21 pm

    I’m considering this class for my teen-age daughter, and my seven-year-old is begging to learn to sew. She recently completed a quilt top (It took her a year–from the time she turned six until she turned seven, and was straight seams only. She required help with ALL the pinning–she just couldn’t seem to get that part right!), and I wonder if this class/tutorial will be too difficult for her.

    What do you think? Could an enthusiastic and eager seven-year-old do well with this class? Thanks!

    The aprons look great!

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    Raising Olives Reply:

    Mom2Seven – I think that an enthusiastic seven year old would do alright with this class. The only tricky part would be sewing on the binding. There is not a lot of room for error on that part. Our 11 year old struggled a bit with the binding, but she is not detail oriented. You know your 7 year old and I would go with your gut, but this pattern is pretty straight forward.

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  10. Heather
    March 15, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    These are beautiful aprons you have a beautiful family. I had 5 sisters and 2 brothers growing up and know what a blessing it is all through your life. I am now looking at making some of these patterns for my little girl.

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