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|Vogue Patterns: 8888 (Misses' Robe, Slip, Camisole and Panties) - Type:Lingerie |
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|Fabric:||Silk Charmeuse [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Bias Camisole Slip and Matching Tap Pants. Lace Trim.
6-20. I made a 14 with fitting adjustments. (1.5" swayback on the camisole, none for the tap pants)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, very much so. It's more ugly flat than on the body. The photo has wearing wrinkles.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part; if you deviate from their instructions it definitely helps to stop and think things through, as following the instructions to the letter would require the wrong side of the lining used for the lace to be facing out (you see the wrong side of the fabric through the lace). I ended up doing it this way and it doesn't look bad, but doesn't quite have the effect I wanted either. I may have just looked/read the instructions incorrectly, but either way it's not clear to me how I should have proceeded.
There are a lot of pictures and diagrams which are helpful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern was very true-to-size, and included instructions for french seams.
I liked the wide (1/2") straps for the camisole; I thought I would have preferred more of a spaghetti strap but the wider strap is really comfortable, not to mention easier to sew!
I thought the tap pants are a bit low cut - if you're used to a pajama-like rise you're duly forewarned!
Silk Charmeuse and Lace Trim from Mood. I washed the silk in Dharma Trading's Synthrapol and used Sullivan's spray starch to make it behave. Make sure the fabric is on-grain before spraying it. This is a great way to stabilize the fabric and didn't inhibit sewing or pressing at all. I handwashed after I was done and then dried on a delicate setting with a couple dry bath towels. They didn't wrinkle in the dryer at all and immediately went back to what you think silk should be like.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No alterations were needed for the tap pants; I took a 1.5" swayback adjustment on the back piece, and shortened the straps a bit.
The instructions require you to use some french seams and other stitch-and-press-to-side seams, and the lace seamed sections can get bulky. I used french seams throughout the tap pants, and a combination of french seams and the pressed-to-side seams in the camisole.
The contrast band is a nice touch but so difficult to get right. Not sure if I'll do that again, although I can see that it would look really pretty if one could stitch perfectly the first time (or have the patience to do it all by hand).
I think the next time I make this camisole I'm going to rework the entire front part by eliminating the midriff section (incorporating it into the front skirt part of the camisole) and using the midriff pattern piece for the lace only.
Their elastic insertion instructions are awful. Reference Singer's Sewing Lingerie for better instructions. I ended up attaching the elastic flush to the fabric wrong-side edge with a straight stitch, then trimmed and turned twice and used a three-step zig-zag. This looks much better.
Speaking of elastic, I ignored their guideline measures (why do they have pattern pieces for this? It's so much easier to just tell us how long we need to cut in the instructions) and cut to what I thought would be comfortable for me for both the back of the camisole and the waistband of the tap pants. This ended up being several inches shorter than the guideline pieces.
I liked the wide straps. I'll need to attach some bows to the front bodice points where they attach because they're a bit ugly right now.
I used my rolled hemmer for the hem on the camisole; it had some difficulty going over the french seams (even trimmed to reduce bulk) so I think in the future I'll have to do those sections separately. I am getting better with the rolled hemmer and the majority of the hem looks pretty good.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'll definitely make the tap pants again. If I use the camisole pattern again I'll make changes to it - you can definitely make a basic camisole pattern by incorporating the midriff piece with the lower front piece and eliminate the contrast band and lace. . . although the lace is one of the best parts of the pattern!
It's a fun project if you want to start working with silks; for a size 14 it only requires 1.5 yards, and you don't even really need to use lace if you're not ready for that.
I'm not 100% happy with how the camisole turned out, but my fiance likes it on me so I guess that's a success. Both pieces feel great to wear.
The tap pants pattern is definitely going to be a TNT for me. The bias silk feels luscious on my skin and I'm definitely going to be making more bias sleepwear in the future!
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