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Posted on:2/22/14 1:56 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8950 by cocosloft

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 4 people   
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Fabric:Rayon Jersey  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, pullover tunic has yokes, side slits and stitched hems. The back is slightly longer than the front. Front, back and sleeves of View C are cut on the crosswise grain.

FABRICS: Two-Way Stretch Knits: Rayon/Spandex, Cotton/Spandex. Also Contrast A,B: Stretch Mesh, Sheer Knits.

Pattern Sizing: 6 - 22. I sewed View C, size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Love the piecing! The pattern pieces fit together very well - the sleeve and bodice horizontal seams matched up perfectly.

- The side vents are a really nice touch and are just the right length.

- The slightly curved front and back bodice seams add interest. And the skirt pieces are just slightly gathered, not enough to disturb a stripe pattern, but enough to add ease in the bust and upper back areas.

- The top is a true tunic length.

- The pattern has absolutely NO finished garment measurements! Not on the envelope and not on the pattern pieces. Which meant spending some time putting the pieces together and measuring them out. I really didn't mind, I do it anyway, but I was surprised that Vogue offered no help whatever.

- The pattern suggests turning under the neckline for a 5/8" hem. Not my favorite finish. I trimmed 1/4" from the neckline and attached a self-fabric binding using a 3/8" seam. I attached the binding on the wrong side and turned it over the seam allowance. Then folded the raw edge under and topstitched it on the right side.

Fabric Used: I used a poly/rayon jersey from JoAnns. It has a vertical stripe - how unusual - but it really works with this pattern. I was able to cut the skirt and sleeves 'conventionally', with the stretch across the width of the pieces.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made only a couple changes aside from the neckline treatment.

- I sewed my usual size 14, but drafted the skirt out to size 16, working from the top edge to 12" below the waistline (the widest part of my hip).

- As a precaution, I added 1" to the hemline. I'm 5'7", but like my tunics to go well past the crotch of my pants... Worked well, I only took up a 5/8" hem. I also cut the back hemline even with the front. The back of view C is about 1.5" longer than the front and IMHO just looks like a mistake instead of something intentional

The sleeves were almost perfect, with a 1" hem on my right arm (my 'long' side). Which might be a caution for someone else - I have short arms!

I cut the binding from the black stripe. Although it was on the vertical of the fabric, it had just enough stretch, about 15%, to work as a binding.

It seems like a lot of Vogue patterns for knits are big on double stitching the seams, rather than stitching and finishing them. Which I ignore. I used an elastic stitch for the seams and cut/serged the seam allowances together at 3/8" The pieced bodice and sleeve seams were turned up and topstitched after finishing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes! I bought this pattern with the idea of using some of my many knit remnants for fun tops. Looking forward to pulling them out and mixing it up!

Conclusion: This was really fun to sew and easy, once I was satisfied with the measurements. Highly recommend! More pics of the outside and inside, and info, on my blog!
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MrsCharisma said...
A great review and even better garment! Love it. Shame on vogue for not including finished garment measurements :/
2/22/14 1:59 PM
Sewiing Sue said...
Nice looking on the inside, too.
2/22/14 4:44 PM
carolynw said...
This looks great - wonderful work with stripes. I did not know you were off your feet - my wishes for a speedy recovery.
2/22/14 7:27 PM
meadowclark said...
Fun fabric choices. Great job. yep, finished measurements….sigh...
2/22/14 7:43 PM
atymonw said...
A great tunic! I hope you get to wear it soon:)
2/22/14 11:41 PM
SewLibra said...
Very nice stripe placement and love the neutral colors!
2/23/14 0:16 AM
ArtAttack said...
What a cute top! Love it with that wide stripe...
2/23/14 4:27 AM
Danmar said...
Good review and beautiful sewing. Glad you drew my attention to this pattern.
2/23/14 7:08 AM
VivianZ said...
Very nice top! I love the contrast stripe.
2/23/14 9:33 AM
1SewSweet said...
You did a lovely job with this! The details are so pretty!
2/28/14 5:32 AM
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