Misses Top, skirt and pants: Loose-fitting pullover top has collar, sleeves with button pleat, and stitched hem. Skirt and straight-legged pants are semi-fitted.
8-22 - I started with a size 24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes - except for some fabric modifications
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes and I actually used them to make the collar and the cuffs on the top
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the top and how it could be modified.
Navy blue & beige wool/poly blend pinstripe
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
~First I took some of the boxyness out of the top and changed the sleeves so that they would fit me. I did this by using my TNT pattern so that I wouldn't have to refit the pattern. It's detailed here.
~That post also details how the collar and cuffs for the top were cut from the contrast cotton pique fabric so that the top would look like it has a shirt under it.
~I used my TNT skirt pattern instead of the one included in the pattern because again why reinvent the wheel when I knew I had a skirt pattern that fit.
~My neckline is low cut. I could have fixed it but I didn't want to have any trouble getting this top on and off. So I'm opting to wear a cami with it.
~I added a pair of 1/2" shoulder pads to the top because even though I narrowed the shoulder seam, it laid kinda flat on my shoulder. Adding the shoulder pad gave it some ummph and squared my shoulders off.
~There is quite a bit of hand stitching in this garment - hand stitched the collar neckband down. Hand stitched the hems in the top & the skirt and I even hand stitched down the waistband.
~Used two buttons & buttonholes for the waistband closure.
~Two pearl buttons were used on the cuffs - it really adds to the business vibe of the white collar/cuffs and the pinstripe fabric used in the body of the outfit.
~The skirt is fully lined but the top isn't even though I was originally going to line it. Wearing the cami will suffice and the wool/poly blend is not itchy.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I really think this is a one and done for me...which is unusual for me since I like to make things over and over. However, I highly recommend this pattern. It's an easy sew with a lot a potential.
I know this pattern got a bad rep for the cover art that was seriously lacking. It was viewed as a blah design and the photograph that Vogue Patterns highlighted in the magazine and on the website was of an outfit in a beige color, but I think there is a lot of potential in this pattern. If you remove some of the boxyness from the top and get creative with the collar and cuffs, you can come up with something pretty special. To make this pattern sing, you really have to think out of the box.