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Posted on:6/14/14 6:32 AM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 1261 by noodlesew

Vogue Patterns: 1261 by noodlesew  
Pattern Photo:Vogue Patterns 1261
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Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 8 people   
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Fabric:Polyester Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
An Alice + Olivia designed knit tunic with choice of necklines (scoop, bateau or cowl) and sleeves (set-in, dolman or raglan). Soft side drapes, long back tail, shorter front, A-line.

I made view C with the dolman sleeves, wide neckline and tulip hemline.

The Alice + Olivia pattern is out of print. The equivalent is V8952, thanks to beauturbo.

Pattern Sizing:
Multisize XS-M. I cut XS to fit Australia RTW 6-8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. My shoulders are narrower than the model, and therefore the neckline looks almost off-shoulder on me.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. However they are rather inappropriate for knit sewing using today's sewing electronic sewing machines, and high tech sergers with coverstitch function. In many ways the instructions made the pattern harder for sewing what are essentially simple tee shirt designs wth designer touches like top stitching, ribbon trim and exposed seams.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the style, especially, the skinny 3/4 sleeves. However the top makes me look short and fat. Maybe it is my choice of knit.

I do not like the way the neckline is constructed. The instructions call for stay stitching, slip stitching and then top stitching. Presumably these long winded steps stablise the neckline using sewing threads. The slip stitching causes puckering. In hindsight I should have used the very famous Sewaholic Renfrew band method.

I think I can sew the garment in under 2 hours using different construction.

Fabric Used:
Polyester jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened at the indicated lines at the waist of 3 cm, and another 6 cm for the hips to make it a top instead of tunic.

I stablised the neckline with organza ribbon. I decided not to top stitch.

The front was cut on the fold to save sewing.

I overlocked the hem without turning so as to match the side seams as the inside showed due to the tulip hem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. This is a very basic pattern, and worth having a go. The instructions are not recommended for a beginner learning tee shirt sewing.

Conclusion:
A stylish designer tee shirt for those who look good in A-line. Better knit sewing instructions can be found elsewhere.
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marec said...
I love this tee, and hope you find a way to integrate it into your wardrobe. I also have made this and wear it over a strappy tee. Your workmanship is really nice and the tee hasa beautiful drape.
6/14/14 9:03 AM
CypGrl said...
This is such a classy look with the pearls. The review was great too. Maybe I should buy the Renfrew just for the directions?
6/14/14 9:12 AM
Sue Parrott said...
Oh this is so pretty and elegant! I love how the back drapes.
6/14/14 9:18 AM
BlueSkysAhead said...
Love the drape. Beautiful fabric color.
6/14/14 10:20 AM
marjenann said...
That top is really stunning!
6/14/14 10:24 AM
liliv said...
Very nice shape and I like your color choise
6/14/14 11:03 AM
Sew Good said...
Very pretty. Thank you for the information regarding the neckline
6/14/14 11:58 AM
SewWil said...
Love the lines of this top. Thank you for the information about the neckline.
6/14/14 2:27 PM
CarolynGM said...
I'm making this top right now. I knew the neckline wouldn't work for me, so I raised it one inch all around. I agree with you regarding the instructions -- I pretty much ignored them.
6/14/14 4:03 PM
Someday2005 said...
Lovely. I just love how the back drapes.
6/14/14 4:39 PM
supizoo said...
Beautiful top.
6/14/14 6:53 PM
Lisa p said...
This top is so pretty I love the drape and the colour is just right. I do hope you wear it.
6/15/14 3:39 AM
Lisa p said...
This top is so pretty I love the drape and the colour is just right. I do hope you wear it.
6/15/14 3:39 AM
1SewSweet said...
I too love everything about this top, but have to with CarolynGM on the neckline. Majority of women love this type of neckline though, it's very popular and I think this top will look great on you! Beautiful work and thanks for the tip on the pattern, I want to make it too!
6/15/14 8:30 AM
Marie67 said...
Your version of the top is so beautiful and elegant. I wouldn't have looked twice at it based on the envelope picture. You've done a great job.
6/15/14 10:09 AM
beauturbo said...
How pretty! Now I want one too. I think shorter is better also. I may even try a non knit, more chiffon, on the bias instead. Even though the Alice + Olivia labeled version of pattern seems to be discontinued now, I found it yesterday under the new Vouge pattern number as pattern number V8952 in the current Vouge book even. So I'm buying it as that pattern # now. Yours does look much better, and very attractive, compared to either of those pattern envelopes to me!
6/15/14 11:34 AM
olynda said...
Love , love this top!!! Thanks I never noticed it....
6/15/14 6:06 PM
 
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