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|Reviewed by:||supizoo|| |
|Posted on:||4/5/14 10:28 PM |
|Last Updated:||4/5/14 10:29 PM|
Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 1 people Very Helpful by 7 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Dresses Tops Coat/Jacket Suits / Separates Pants Skirts |
|Fabric:||Wool Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: |
The pattern contains
1. Pants, which I am reviewing: wide leg, mock fly zip, back darts, yoke with carriers and cuffed hem
2. Jacket: lined, shaped yoke and shaped Â¾ sleeve
3. Sleeveless top: back zip and front/back pleats
4. Dress: longer version of the top
5. Skirt: pleats, yoke and side zip
I purchased "A" the 6-8-10. I believe it comes in 12, 14, 16 as well.
I made the size 10 although my hip/waist measurements suggested somewhere between 10 and 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, although I did not sew the cuff.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Simple instructions, good diagrams.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1. The fit. They have a curved waistband (described as the yoke), which is also wide and shaped. The three things together made it possible to get a good fit through my disproportionate waist and hips.
2. The ease in the front. I thought this was going to make them puffy but it's very subtle and makes it possible to have second helpings at lunch without popping a button.
3. Value for money, given that the pattern contains, pants, jacket, skirt, top and dress.
Dislike (very minor):
1. I do love a pocket, on anything, anywhere, but these pockets are looooong. I have to do a yoga manoeuvre in order to get my hanky out and I have long arms. However, this will be an easy fix.
Other points for consideration:
Not an issue for me because I don't know any better, but these have a 'mock fly'. It looks like a fly to me but this may mock (ha ha, sorry) the skills of a real seamstress.
They sit high (about one cm above my belly button). I alternate between thinking yuck and wow depending on my mood. Generally I have to wear pants fairly low because of my waist to hip ratio but these fit. If I lived in a city where people tend to dress more fashionably, I think I would have embraced the high waist fashion. As it is, I live in a region where putting on a dress gets eyes winking and eyebrows wriggling. I believe the waist on these pants will have people crossing the street to avoid the strange lady.
A light woven wool from the Fabric Store in Brisbane, Australia. The first thing that came to my mind when I felt it was 'tropical wool'. Love it but sadly the fineness allows the pockets to show through and I have to make very wise underwear choices. One day I will learn how to line a pair of pants. Or maybe French knickers would work???
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did not make the cuffs.
It was my intention not to alter them too much because I am trying to understand my shape and what alterations I require so I made them pretty much out of the box. I thought I had the hem length right but the photos tell me otherwise! There are some strange lines (upside down tear drop) which disappear as I bend my knee (most noticeable on the back but also on the front). I would appreciate any comments on perfecting the fit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Sew again: Yes, once I can perfect the fit. I'd like to make the pants in linen. I will also make the skirt and the jacket. The jacket is the reason I bought the pattern in the first place but haven't found the right fabric yet. I probably won't make the top or dress simply because the wide neck will not suit me, otherwise I would as I think they are pretty and perfectly airy, tropical dresses.
Recommend: Yes. Watch out for the sizing though. I find the commercial patterns tend to run 2 sizes too large on me but I only went down half to one size on these and it was touch and go that they may have been too small. I think this pattern (the pants at least) might be fairly true to size. They are also quite long in the leg; good for me (5'10") but something to watch if you are not.
I deliberated between calling this pattern Highly Recommended and Great Wardrobe Builder. I settled on GWB simply because I've only made one of the 5 pieces so can't comment on how the other pieces work up. I do highly recommend the pants.
Altogether I am happy. I got a wearable pair of pants without any tantrums, yay!
This is my first real pair of pants (ie, ones that I may wear somewhere other than fishing). I chose this pattern because they looked forgiving for a newbie (they are) and might help me understand my fitting issues before tackling fitted pants.
Any advice on perfecting the fit will be gratefully received. Thank you.
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