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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Vogue 8792 Striped top!

Pattern Description:  This is a Vogue options pattern.  It is rated as Easy and that is exactly how I would describe it.  This is the second time around with this pattern.  The first time, I made view B., this time view F. 
Here is the description from the back of the envelope:
Misses' top: Pullover top has neck band and seam detail.  A, B, C: Bias, loose-fitting front extends to upper back, back extends to upper front, no shoulder or side seams and stitched hem.  D, E, F: Close-fitting, bias lower front and lower back, raw edge finish and stitched hem on sleeves.  Front and back cut on crosswise grain of fabric. 

Pattern Sizing:
This is a multi-sized pattern. Based on using Vogue many times before, I made a size 14.  This is a nicely shaped top (for views D, E, F anyway) and I am happy with the fit.  I wanted something close-fitting, and that is exactly what I got. 




Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much.  I didn't have quite enough fabric for the sleeves so that is how I came up with the piecing on them.  Since you cut this on the crossgrain and since I cut for view F or the tunic length, I simply didn't have enough to make the bracelet-length sleeves so I pieced them. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
 Yes, very much so.  The order of construction was wonky.  I sewed the neckband much earlier than the last step as was suggested by the instructions.  Also, there was no mention of stabilizing the shoulder seam.  I did that with clear elastic.  Also, I stay-stitched the neckline before applying the neckband.  It just looked like there could be a possibility of things going awry, so I took steps to prevent mishaps. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Loves:

 1.  A shaped t pattern.  That doesn't happen often!  Also, this pattern is close fitting, just as the pattern suggests.  No alterations needed! 
2.  I love the length of the tunic.  It is just perfect for leggings.  I am so ready for fall with this pattern! 
3.  I really like the bracelet-length sleeves.  This is a nice change from long sleeves like most patterns.  I typically push my sleeves up anyway. 
 Dislikes:
1.  All the raw edges.  I tried to stitch the side panels on using raw edges, but my fabric rolled at the cut edge quite a bit and it just wasn't worth the struggle.  I went forth using right sides together, pressing, and topstitching using a double needle. 
2.  No stabilization at the shoulder seams.
3.  Neckline.  I lowered it by 3 inches and it is still in a modest place. 
4.  Darts in T-s.  But given the fit, it is necessary. 

 Fabric Used:
I poly/Lycra knit from Treadle Yard Goods in St Paul, MN.  The black was from my stash. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Other than lowering the neckline, none.  

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Maybe, it is pretty distinct.  I would use it for a pattern as a fitting guide, if that makes sense.  I am not totally sure about the vertical stripes.  I wish I would have made this fabric into something else.   

Conclusion:
Love the length, feel of the fabric, and the fact I can wear this with leggings.  Other than that, I don't absolutely love it.  I am sure I will wear it quite a bit as it is comfortable. 

Thanks for reading!
Sue

6 comments:

  1. Crikey I've been looking through your posts and you sure do some sewing. If I get one thing done a month (and simple) I am pleased. Anything complicated can take two or three months, longer still if I can't find buttons etc., that I want.

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    1. Ha, I understand, it is all a process of collecting supplies over time. You'll get there!

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  2. Nice top. I have this pattern waiting to be sewn someday. Maybe something for fall as you did with this tunic top.

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  3. Love the stripes and the way you pieced the sleeves...turned them into a great design feature.

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