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|Vogue Patterns: 1247 (Misses' Top and Skirt) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||7/7/13 5:25 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Available for sale on PR: $24.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Silk Crepe [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting top|
Pattern Sizing: AA (6 through 12) DD (12 through 18). I followed the advice of previous posters and chose one size smaller for the top and it worked out quite well.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Certainly this pattern does not need yet another review! However, since I went through the effort of making it, I will add my two cents.
I really like how comfortable it is.
Fabric Used: Silk crepe de chine purchased from NY Elegant Fabrics, NYC.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I traced the mirror image of the pattern so that I could cut single layer. I find that when working with a fabric as slippery as crepe de chine, this is the best way to obtain accuracy in cutting.
I used 100% cotton thread to avoid / reduce any puckering.
It is important to stabilize the neckline.
I did use all French seams as suggested by the pattern. If you decide to use all French seams, the best way to match the front bottom pieces is to NOT sew the center front first as suggested by the pattern. I initially did follow the instructions of the pattern, and found that by the time I got to attach the fourth piece, there was too much bulk that was skewed to one side. I was unhappy with the result which was super bulky and lopsided.
I then decided to sew the side bottom pieces together first. Once both sets of side pieces are sewn, THEN I sewed the center front. In other words, I sewed pieces 4 and 5 first and then attached at center front. What this did was evenly distribute the bulk so that it was easier to create and join all of the French Seams at that one point. See photos (the first photo is my first attempt using the pattern instructions. The remaining photos are my adaptation): http:/click here
I also found that the best way to gain some control over this slippery fabric was to hand baste all of the seams prior to machine stitching. That way, the fabric would not slip and slide with the motion of the feed dogs.
I added 1 inch to the neckline. I added 5/8 inch to the hem.
To keep the shoulder pleats from getting too poofy, I topstitched them down for 4 inches.
Following the advice of previous posters, I cut the cuffs on the straight grain. The pattern suggests tacking it in a few places but with such a slippery fabric, the cuffs would just flop over so I handstitched them all around with a running stitch.
Would you sew it again? I just may. Next time, I will use a less fussy fabric and avoid the French seams. But for now, I am going to work on the skirt.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes!
Conclusion: This is a great top! However, this is not a top that you should do in a rush due to all of the matching involved and the French seams (if you decide to use French seams). Take your time with it and enjoy the process!
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