One thing I’ve noticed about my sewing skills lately is that I’m finally to the point of being able to look at a mistake without having a complete nervous breakdown. Now, that’s progress! I ALMOST see a mistake as a challenge to be overcome. It definitely means less wadders.
I’ve just completed Vogue 8120, and yes, I made a few mistakes (shhhhhhh). I made the white view (3/4 sleeves), but with buttons. Here is the completed top, worn with my Vogue 8435 skirt:
I used a pattern that went from size 6 to 12, which I really hate because my hips require a size 14. I wish they would just put all the sizes in one envelope. I would even be willing to pay more for a pattern with all the sizes.
I decided to use the size 6 through the neck and shoulders, but I still had to do a narrow shoulder adjustment. This was complicated by the fact that the top has armscye princess seams, and I wasn’t sure how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment with these seams. That, and having to grade up to a size 14 at the hips led me to do the unthinkable…I made a muslin.
I’m glad I made the muslin, because the adjustments were pretty easy, once I could see what I was dealing with. I’ll never say “I never make muslins” again, but I WILL still say that I hate making them.
This fabric is either a viyella (cotton/wool) or more likely a wool challis. I decided to use french seams, and I even did them on the armscye:
I love this blouse, and will probably make it up again in white cotton. It would be the perfect white blouse.
I had been looking for a cowl neck that wouldn’t fall off my shoulders, and many people recommended Vogue 8634:
I made the middle view with 3/4 sleeves:
I liked this top so much, I made it in a sweater knit, as well, which I will show you on another post.
Both of these tops go with the Vogue skirt I made for the six-pack. So, I have three pieces done and three to go.
Some of you asked me to post a picture of my jacket with me wearing it, so here it is:
I included a side view so you could see that it is not a swing coat, like the envelope would have you believe. It’s okay with me, because I love the way this coat turned out, but if you have your heart set on a swing coat, this is not it.
I am on my way to New York City tomorrow to go fabric shopping for the Koos Coat that is a part of my six-pack. I’ll have lots of NYC pictures to share when I get back.