A nice floaty loose top perfect for our fiercely hot summer days. And we've sure had a few stiflers lately :S so I will be wearing it immediatemente.
I used Rowan shot cotton... again. This colour is Clementine (and please note I am wearing it with my little lime-print skirt, hehe! gettit?)
I am so addicted to this fabric! It is gorgeously light, an almost not-even-there type of fabric. Which is great for this particular pattern. Why? Well, the pattern specifies French seams throughout, and has a number of convergent seams. Like where there are pleats on both front and back, joining together at the shoulder seam, and particularly! that centre front bit, where there are six French seams all converging to a single point in a star-shape, and themselves all being joined in a final French seam too... if your fabric was even a little bit bulky I would class this a quite a tricky area to get looking nice, and particularly situated where it is, right boom in the centre front of your top it pretty much has to be perfect! Luckily this shot cotton is so marvellously light it wasn't too horrible a job, and I think I got it looking quite neat and tidy.
Of course you don't have to do the French seams here if you wanted to make life easier for yourself... which I stubbornly do not ;)
I used a newbie-to-me pattern Vogue 1247. This was a Christmas present from Sam; but I'm still adding the cost of it to my little 2012 personal-clothing-expenditure ledger, since in reality I chose, sourced and bought it myself!! and he just "gave" it to me. We are very practical when it comes to present-giving in our family...
This pattern is classed as Average; a rating which was a little head-scratching to me. I guess maybe the instructions for finishing throughout with all French seams made them decide to up the difficulty rating a notch, since I can't really think of any other feature that could make this pattern anything other than a very easy project easy imo!
The neckline is finished with a narrow self bias strip... Noice, no? at right; that convergence of French seams from the inside view
I really like the bias-cut facings, folded out over those kimono sleeves....
Since the neckline is quite wide I slip-stitched lingerie holders to the shoulder seams to keep those straps outasight, these were a gift from the very lovely Yoshimi... thank you so much Yoshimi!
Probably this top would be far more fabudabulous on a lady with.. er, more fabudabulous assets, but I'm still pretty happy with how it looks on me. I am planning to make the little skirt too, and will review that separately.
Top; Vogue 1247, shot cotton in Clementine, from here
Skirt; Vogue 7303 modified, lime print cotton
Sandals; anna, from MarieClaire shoes
And that colour? See below the happy marriage of a light pumpkin warp juxtaposed against a truly neon orange weft; giving rise to that beautifully citrus-y iridescence..
Very loose-fitting top; wide V-neckline, kimono sleeves with fold-back facings, the body of the top falling softly from shoulder pleats, interesting geometric seaming on the front creating a nice textural feature.
6-12, I made a straight 10 (Later edit in response to a comment: this is my usual choice, and I would say the sizing runs true to other Vogue patterns I have made up. It is supposed to be a loose-fitting top!)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the very loose and unstructured shape of this top, and the fact that it will be delightfully floaty and cool for our scorching summers. It's pretty easy to make up. And one just slips it on over one's head with no closure, making it soft and simple to wear. The interesting reverse-situation of the bust darts and the convergent seams at the centre front are nice subtle design features, and best showcased in a plain solid-coloured fabric imo.
And since I did choose a plain solid-coloured fabric with no nap this also meant I could lay the pattern pieces down either side up, allowing a far more efficient pattern layout and leaving myself with plenty of leftovers!
Lightweight shot cotton
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No alterations. I added lingerie holders at the shoulder seams; that very wide neckline means strap exposure would be a given otherwise!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will like to sew this again (I always say this and then it could be years before I do! however I would like a few more of these in my wardrobe, if not right this minute then certainly in another colour in another season.
My only advice is that if you are going down the path of French seams throughout as recommended in the pattern, then a thin and lightweight fabric is essential; all those French seams converging together are quite bulky on the inside, and would be difficult to get nice and neat in anything thick. Of course you could always leave off the French seam finish on that horizontal central seam if your fabric was not co-operating...
Would I recommend this to others? yes!
I love it! The design of this top strikes me as very fashion-forward. Something about the spare minimalism of the silhouette, the sharp lines of that geometric seaming, the beautifully drape-y kimono shape. I could imagine this particular top design on a high fashion catwalk.