|Vogue Patterns: 8691 (Misses' Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Long sleeve semi-fitted top with neckband, princess seams, shaped hemline flounce, topstitching and raw-edge hem finish.|
Pattern Sizing: I've learned to chose a pattern size based on finished garment measurements rather than the measurements given on the pattern. (See my article All About Ease - Getting A Perfect Fit for more info.) I was pleasantly surprised to find that the measurements on the flap of Vogue 8691 were correct, at least for my size. Three inches of ease around the bust was just right for this style.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, exactly.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't have any problems with the directions. I know a few other reviewers mentioned some confusion with sewing on the bottom flounce. Reading through the pattern before starting and visualizing all the steps is very helpful here.
Be sure the follow the directions to mark the bottom of the shirt and the top of the flounce. They suggest machine basting, but I just used a chalk wheel to mark the seamline on the wrong side of the shirt and the right side of the flounce. They you can easily match those lines together.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the flattering lines of the princess seams and the interest created by the contrast fabrics and the ruffle at the bottom.
I also like the interest of the raw edge finish on the flounce. Be sure to choose your fabric with that in mind.
Fabric Used: I used a cotton/lycra knit for the body and a lightweight sweater knit for the sleeves, neckband and flounce.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Several other reviewers mentioned that the neckband as designed would not lie flat. One reviewer suggested cutting the neckband on the bias. This doesn't make much difference in the amount of stretch in a knit, but I decided to do that to take advantage of the subtle plaid design in my grey sweater knit.
I cut the front and back bands as one piece, folded it in half lengthwise right sides out and stitched the raw edges to the wrong side of the neckline with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stretching slightly as I went. I then pressed the seamline to the neckline edge and top-stitched down the fold. This gave a nice smooth neckline finish.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely plan to make this again. These were fabrics from my stash and a test to see how I liked it. I'd also like to try view A or B, the shorter length with a zipper front.
Conclusion: A fun, flattering and comfortable top to wear over jeans or leggings. The raw edge application is interesting and saves time. This top only took me about four hours from start to finish.
For more info see my blog post on Vogue 8691.
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