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|Vogue Patterns: 8543 (MISSES' JACKET AND SKIRT) - Type:Coordinates |
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|Posted on:||8/31/13 2:44 PM |
|Last Updated:||8/31/13 3:12 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|See other patterns in this category: Coat/Jacket Suits / Separates Skirts |
|Fabric:||Wool Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Fitted, partially interfaced, lined to edge jacket, with raised back neckline and front lapels, detail front and back with princess seams and flared sleeves with seam. Semi-fitted lined skirt with detail seams, back pleats, contour waist, side zipper closing and mid-knee length.
My project description: practice working toile for wedding dress outfit for when I go to my sister's wedding.
My envelope was 14-20 (originally I planned only to make the skirt, and am a size 16 measurement from the waist down).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
As others have reported, some spelling mistakes, and one pattern piece for the skirt is marked as for the jacket. Looking at the shape its quite clear its for the skirt though!
The top stitching is a little confusing, but you just need to look at the picture which shows the top stitching from the outside in order to work out which way to go.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love love love the back of the skirt design. Also like the peplum on the jacket, which I am still in the process of making. Good for those with a derriere as it is quite curvy in this area because of the pattern drafting lines.
Don't like the amount of ease - not normally something I have a problem with. Also once I added the zip, it stuck out and I had to do some tweaking to make it look the same as the other side in terms of curve.
A fabulous black wool for only £5 a meter. Quite a good drape and lightweight. It does fray rather horribly though. I had to add bias binding to the hem to ensure everything stayed put. I've learned to be more careful when using pinking scissors, as I ended up trimming a little too much off the seams, resulting in some careful stitching close to the original seam to help ensure it doesnt fray open.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Lengthened all skirt pieces by 8cm. I wanted just below the knee, and given that I am 5 foot 11 adding was inevitable.
Took in side seams by 1.5cm on each side all the way down. I was swimming in it. I dont normally have such problems with too much ease. I wonder if my fabric made things worse. I made a second modification after the above, by taking in the side seams from the hem upwards, until the zip (tapered) by another 1.5cm. I had to take in by a further half cm or so below the zip, and sew shut the last part of the zip to get the curve to lie flat.
Reduced curve on high hip for side panel (front and back) pieces after reading all the reviews. It was about 1cm on each piece. Used my french curve to get a realistic shape. No idea what Vogue's pattern drafting was doing here, why would you have a curve greater than a french ruler!?
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do hope to sew this again, but am now slightly uncertain if this flatters my shape. Its not something I have really worn before. Thoughts appreciated!
I haven't added the lining to this (am wearing a full slip underneath) as this is a working toile and I need to still finish the jacket. It's not as curvy at the back (below my bottom) as I had hoped, but I dont quite know how to achieve that without messing with the grain too much.
Also by taking in the side seams so much, the front and back side seams dont all match up perfectly, which means more redrafting (sigh). Nice pattern, but be prepared to invest in some work to get it to work for you.
You cant really see all my white top stitching, despite my best attempts at improving the lighting!
For more photos of the skirt (including me wearing it) please
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