i’m not sure if there are mixed feelings out in the ‘verse on this pattern, or if there are mixed feelings just on pattern review, or what, but i am pretty sure i am already in a minority by 1) not thinking the blouse is too big and 2) not thinking the skirt is too short.
i guess i am all kinds of rebel!
well, the skirt is still on my to-do list, but i did get the top done and a second one cut. in july. which still sits in pieces, in a file folder in my desk. a pro-active rebel, that is me.
this top ended up being a great opportunity to play with super-expensive designer fabric in a pattern that has a lot of style and flair but is not too difficult or over-designed. i really felt the style lines of the blouse pattern would compliment the pucci print on my charmeuse and give me a chance to experiment with matching the pattern, without too many obstacles.
still, laying out and cutting out the pattern took the better part of an afternoon, spread out on the marble floor of the foyer in my parents’ suburban house, crawling over a cardboard grid and making extra copies of the pattern pieces so that i could cut everything out in a single layer. (knees. ow.) once that was done, i did move on to making the shirt fairly quickly. i got a rush of energy one weekday evening after work and determined that vogue 1247 must be on my agenda, my number one priority…so long as a decent NCIS re-run was on in the background.
then i had several minutes’ worth of hyper-ventilation followed by deep, deep breathing as i contemplated the idea of actually sewing my absurdly-expensive-yet-to-die-for-gorgeous italian printed silk charmeuse. cutting it had been bad enough! and now i was going to put a needle through it? hundreds of times?
then–this night was already packed, as you can see, and i hadn’t even started sewing yet–i had an epiphany: it’s only fabric.
“it’s only fabric!” i said to myself.
“it’s only fabric!” i exclaimed to the cat, who was clearly wondering if the crazy lady was ever going to stop talking to the silk and just feed him already.
it’s only fabric, i kept muttering to myself as i slowly and carefully began the endless series of french seams that comprise the construction of this garment.
at least, it *was* only fabric. now it’s a pretty bad-ass-yet-still-work-appropriate top. that i made in two nights.
and no, i didn’t feed the cat. he can afford to skip a few meals, trust me.
Very loose-fitting top. Semi-fitted A-lined skirt has front in-seam pockets.
because of the absurd amount of ease on this top and my limited quantity of fabric (only 1 yard) i cut a size 6 instead of my usual size 10-12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
almost, only i didn’t make the cuffs. did i mention i only had 1 yard of fabric?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
this pattern has great instructions and basic yet sophisticated construction. lots of french seams. have your iron handy!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
it has a great modern, designer edge to it without being too complicated or fussy.
pucci printed silk charmeuse from mood fabrics, NYC
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
only the removal of the cuff turn-up. other than that i loved it as designed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yeah…i’ve already got another one cut. if i ever get there. going to try it in cotton next time and also do the skirt.
very satisfied customer. this pattern is definitely a keeper.