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|Vogue Patterns: 8889 (Men's Shirt) - Type:Mens - Shirts |
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|Reviewed by:||Peter in NYC|
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|Posted on:||2/17/13 1:46 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $22.50 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Vogue 8889, just released in 2013, is a men's shirt pattern with collar band, hidden button placket, and shaping seams at side front and side back. One version has front tucks. I made View A -- the short-sleeve shirt without the tucks.
This pattern is for sizes 34" - 40" and runs a bit large. I am not very familiar with contemporary shirt patterns, but I wear a standard 36" (and always use size 36" vintage shirt patterns) and ended up cutting the 34". The shoulders were still roughly 1" too wide and the long sleeve roughly 4" too long.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, albeit with a more custom fit.
Finished shirt - front
Finished shirt - side
Finished shirt - back
Pattern Envelope pic
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I've sewn many shirts before so didn't use the instructions much, but I did review them and they seemed clear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the style a lot because it has a contemporary feel and isn't boxy, like most in-print men's shirt patterns. Oddly, the pattern is called "loose-fitting" on the envelope but it's clearly an "athletic" fit type of shirt designed for broad shoulders and a relatively narrow waist.
On the size 34" at least (which should correspond to a 14" neck though neck size is mentioned NOWHERE on this shirt pattern), the collar band was roughly 1" too long, as was the collar. I had to redraft these by taking length out from the center(s). The collar band notches did not line up with neckline notches correctly, and neither did the notches on the yoke and left and right fronts. I don't know if this is true for the larger sizes also or if it's merely a computer grading issue on the smallest size. Still, this could throw off a beginner sewist, especially if she/he had little experience making men's shirt collars.
I used a thin (almost voile-weight) white cotton shirting, and some flowered cotton from a previous project for the inside shirt band.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made quite a few changes to make this broad-shouldered pattern fit my relatively rectangular build.
1) I redrafted the back and front side pieces, narrowing in the upper area and widening in the waist and hips a bit (roughly 1/4")
2) I raised the armhole roughly 1/4" and narrowed the armhole about the same amount. I made the corresponding changes to the sleeve: narrowing the edges a bit and raising them slightly.
3) I took roughly 2" off the front and back length (I'm 5'7"), and more than 3" off the long sleeve (though I ended up making short sleeves).
4) I narrowed the yoke 1" on either shoulder and graded the front and back pattern pieces to match.
5) Rather than flat-felled seams, I serged my seam allowances and stitched them down to make faux flat-felled seams.
6) I skipped the under collar band (which would attach to buttons to hold the collar down -- something I've never seen before) as it didn't seem necessary.
7) I used a flowered print fabric for the inside of the collar band for interest.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will sew this again -- it's a very nice shirt, but I had to do quite a bit of redrafting to make it fit me. It's ideal for a tall, broad-shouldered, narrow-waisted man but alas, I am none of these. And at least on the 34", attention should be paid to the length of the collar band and collar to make sure they're going to fit the neck before attaching them.
The hidden button placket is an especially nice touch and very easy to make (just folding the left front piece, not attaching a separate strip of fabric).
It's very exciting (to me) when a pattern company releases a new men's shirt pattern as there are so few in print and most are boxy and boring. V8889 is stylish looking and, despite being labeled "loose-fitting" on the envelope, is quite fitted (and actually can be as fitted as you choose to make it, since it has those shaped side-back and side-front pieces). Making this shirt required a bit of extra work (I ended up retracing all of the main pattern pieces, something I rarely ever have to do), but I think in the end, it was worth it.
You can read more about V8889 on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness, here.
I have many, many more pics of my various alterations and muslins (including comparisons to a vintage Butterick size 36" pattern I use a lot), along with shots of the finished shirt, in a Picasa file here.
Thanks for reading!
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