|Vogue Patterns: 1247 (Misses' Top and Skirt) - Type:Tops |
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|Available for sale on PR: $22.50 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Silk Georgette [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting top with unusual pieced front and dolman sleeves. Short skirt with pockets. I made the top. |
Pattern Sizing: Misses 6-12 or 12-18. I bought the larger size range for me but ended making it for my teenage daughter, so made the smallest size 12. It's still very loose, couldn't get my daughter to model it so it is shown on the hanger. It's so loose that I can wear it (size 20!) but it is too short for me--if you do go down in size be aware that you may want to add length. She needs to wear a cami underneath since the V is so low and wide--but part of this may be my problem with the fabric.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The V-neck is deeper than it looks on the pattern and gapes a bit more.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I didn't bother with all the French seams and instead used a serger for most.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is pretty easy and the front is unusual. I'm not sure how well the piecing shows in a busy print like mine. It's lovely in a stripe or simpler pattern. I like the banding on the sleeve and the fact that the sleeves are cut on. I don't like the neck facing treatment (a narrow bias strip turned under and topstitched) and wish I had cut a wider piece or used it as a band, like on the sleeve. I had problems with the crinkliness of the georgette fabric I used--which stretched too much at the neck. If your fabric has horizontal stretch it needs to be stabilized before inserting the neck facing (see comments below).
Fabric Used: Silk georgette (had to look this up) in black with a mostly white, green and red pattern. This is somewhat sheer and crinkly. Has lots of side stretch, which presented a problem in the neck. It was a serious b$#%$h to cut out and sew but nonetheless a beauty (For those of you in the Boston area, this was an inexpensive remnant from Fabric Place Basement in Natick, MA.) It has a pretty busy design, which I think detracts from the impact of the diagonal seaming in the front--I probably could have made the front in one piece instead of 3 and saved myself some work.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had similar problems with a V-neck last year in a fabric with horizontal stretch and should have learned my lesson. I should have applied fusible tape to stabilize the neck before applying the bias facing. I was too lazy to remove the facing and topstitching and instead I ended up taking up the center seam. I serged all the seams except the center back, which I did as a standard French seam. I applied the sleeve band in one step by folding the band and serging it to the sleeve bottom and did the side seams after the sleeve band application. Applying the band in one step avoids the twisting problem noted by other reviewers. I also omitted the hem and went for a "lettuce" effect (by serging with a stretching differential feed) at the bottom. I think this came out well and is one of my favorite aspects of the completed garment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Maybe. I had planned on making this for me and am not so sure now about how loose I would want this. I like it in the sheer fabric but would go for something with more stability.
Conclusion: This is an easy loose-fitting top, a popular pattern. The front has pieced triangular segments at the bottom which adds some interest to an otherwise simple construction. I think it would be best with a simple, geometric pattern to show off the construction and a stable woven fabric with no horizontal stretch.
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