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Vogue Patterns: 8935 (Misses' Top, Skirt and Pants) - Type:Coordinates    printable version
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Posted on:10/21/13 5:16 PM
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Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8935 by cmarie12

Vogue Patterns: 8935 by cmarie12  Vogue Patterns: 8935 by cmarie12  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Pattern Description:
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.

Pattern Sizing:
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.

Fabric Used:
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.

Conclusion:
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.

You can see pictures in my Flickr Album. Or you can read about the sewing journey on my blog.
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KAH said...
I absolutely love this. Plus it looks comfortable to wear to work.
10/21/13 5:22 PM
BeaJay said...
Great outfit. I wasn't drawn to the pattern from the envelop but love your version. May have to buy it now.
10/21/13 5:40 PM
carolynw said...
Looks wonderful on you - love the play with the stripes - really adds something to the look. Thanks for reviewing
10/21/13 7:13 PM
persevering said...
You have made a fabulous outfit! It is always so inspiring to see and read what you post about your sewing. What a lovely corporate look you got with your creativity and diligent efforts!
10/21/13 7:30 PM
Meredith P said...
You have to wonder what they were thinking with that beige number as the "art." Yours is SO much more appealing, and of course, looks great on you!
10/21/13 8:18 PM
Mufffet said...
That looks fabulous! Very chic and professional. Nice work on those stripes in the skirt.
10/22/13 10:16 AM
Baja Susana said...
Black and white is always crisp and elegant. You look wonderful, and the detail of the pearl buttons is perfect. Thank you for the link to you blog showing your changes. I have "bodacious biceps " as well, and when I find a sleeve or two that fit, they become my TNT. Very nice, professional outfit that looks wonderful on you.
10/22/13 10:42 AM
SewLibra said...
What a classic work look! Great job.
10/22/13 1:08 PM
imsewcrazy said...
This is a great outfit. Very classy! Looks fantastic on you! I love the fabric combination and all the details you added.
10/22/13 6:46 PM
Dilliander said...
Very smart, elegant and professional... a lovely outfit and as always, it looks great on you :)
10/22/13 9:48 PM
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