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Posted on:6/18/14 0:44 AM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 1387 by Rairscat

Vogue Patterns: 1387 by Rairscat  Vogue Patterns: 1387 by Rairscat  
Pattern Rating:Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 3 people   
Fabric:Voile  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Top has self lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline and very narrow hem. I made view B, loose fitting collar, front bands with snap closing, and long sleeves with pleats, placket, and snap cuffs.

Pattern Sizing:6-14 and 14-22. I accidentally bought the 14-22.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes and no. The style lines and shape are the same, but the drape isn't. I blame that on fabric choice.

Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes. For once I read the enclosed directions and followed them step by step. No problems there.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I'm not normally a button-down kind of gal, but I fell in love with this pattern based on reviews here and shopped for the perfect fabric for it. I initially liked the collar, bands, gentle curve of the front edges that form a V neckline and the pretty bias inset. Unfortunately none of those worked in practice. The collar does not lay at the base of my neck like the model on the pattern, it fits more like a mandarin style and thanks to my square shoulders, stands away from my neck a good 1/2" all around. The bands are interfaced and folded in half, making them too thick and stiff to create a soft bend at the neckline (at least in cotton voile) and generally make the front stiff and awkward. The bias inset gives it a western look and I sorta regret the contrast color I chose.

The pattern pieces themselves are fine-everything lines up and works-but the garment is enormous. I took 2 1/2" of length out of the sleeves, 1" out of the bodice length, and moved the sleeve seam at the shoulder in 5/8". I also took the sides in an additional 5/8", which meant the hems no longer matched at the side seams. I really found the shaped hem annoying. The back being longer than the front makes it look like I'm wearing some random man's shirt, not a blouse cut to fit ME. If you're considering this blouse, do yourself a favor and either cut a straight hem front & back or alter one or the other so they're the same length, that way if you need to take the side seams in that narrow hem you worked so hard for will line up.

Fabric Used:palos verdes abalone cove cotton voile...meh. I think I got spoiled with the free spirit voiles. This fabric is sheer but has the texture and drape of a quilting cotton. Not the best choice for this pattern.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:see above

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will not sew this again. I don't even have the energy to sew the snaps on to finish this one, hence the safety pins. I could tentatively recommend it to a tall woman with time to sew pleats, a collar, plackets, and very narrow shaped hems in a quality silk georgette, charmeuse or crepe de chine.

Conclusion: I really wanted to love this blouse. I took my time and did some of my best work (please fawn over those plackets and that narrow hem!!) but the color and texture of the fabric isn't right and the blouse itself doesn't do my figure any favors. Total bummer.

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dollsntpartys said...
I, like many others, decided to look at your review because I thought your blouse was gorgeous and I liked it better than the picture on the envelope. The blouse looks too small on the model, the pleats on the shoulders are pulling and that is why the collar lays flat. Your workmanship is lovely and through my eyes I think it looks modern and fresh on you and fits perfectly. I love it.
6/19/14 5:26 PM
Rairscat said...
Thank you, sweet ladies! Maybe I just need to put it in the closet and revisit in the fall.
6/18/14 12:33 PM
carolynw said...
Came to your review to say how very nice your blouse looks - am sorry it hasn't worked out for you after all the hard work with really outstanding plackets and hem. Perhaps give it some time?
6/18/14 11:32 AM
supizoo said...
I'm sorry it didn't work for you, I was drawn into your review by thinking how nice it looked on you. I was also going to comment how soft the fabric looked!
6/18/14 9:54 AM
prttynpnk said...
It looks like a great weekend go to top for casual. You sell yourself short. Also, fawn, fawn, fawn....
6/18/14 8:02 AM
Stitchmaker said...
We'll u made me feel a bit better. Those narrow bias strips on the front totally defeated me. At least you sailed over that hurdle. We'll done and at Keats a skill builder, right?
6/18/14 7:55 AM
Stitchmaker said...
We'll u made me feel a bit better. Those narrow bias strips on the front totally defeated me. At least you sailed over that hurdle. We'll done and at Keats a skill builder, right?
6/18/14 7:55 AM
MrsCharisma said...
Aww :/ it looks really good on you! Very nicely sewn too!
6/18/14 7:04 AM
Kayseri said...
I'm sorry this didn't failed after your hard work. The fabric looks like it would have been lovely with the right style.
6/18/14 3:06 AM
Dilliander said...
Oh, so sorry you don't like it. Its beautifully made with so many intricate details. Maybe give it time and try on again before you make a firm decision. From the photos it looks gorgeous.
6/18/14 1:44 AM
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