Monday, February 18, 2013

Eileen's Pattern Review 
Vogue 1274

Photo Credit Ann of Youtique Bridal

Description: MISSES' TOP:  Very loose-fitting top has collar, low armholes, asymmetrical button closing and three-quarter length sleeves with button drape. Narrow hem. B: back-buttoned drape. Front, back and sleeves extend into drapes.
Pattern Sizing: Combinations: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)  I made the Large, Version A.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes I think so.  I used larger buttons than were called for on the pattern envelope.  The buttons were found at the International Quilt Festival at Dusty’s Vintage Buttons and Fabrics.  They were vintage buttons and a perfect match for the rose silk dupionni from Sew Much Fabric.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow and very clear. Just remember to read them!  The pattern instructions suggest using French seams (which I used) but double check that your first seam sewn is ¼ inch from the seamline.  I missed that on the shoulder seams, but there was enough ease in the pattern that it all worked out.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the drape of the sleeves and hemline and the asymmetrical closing.  I also liked the idea of turning this pattern into holiday wear by using silk dupionni. 

Fabric Used:  Rose Silk Dupionni from Sew Much Fabric.  This project was my attempt at sewing up stash fabric, and making something for holiday wear.  I had purchased this silk some time ago and never finished the top and skirt I had originally planned.  After working with the layout that requires 60 inch fabric and this silk is 45 inches wide I went back for yet another one yard purchase from Roz.  (All said I think I bought 3 yards in 3 separate visits, 1 yard at a time.) When you shop with one supplier the color match is still the same even if it is in your collection for “a while.” The dupionni was underlined with silk organza. (I can’t help underlining as it is part of my sewing lexicon now.) Underlining the dupionni made it more stable to work with and gave me a surface to sew the hem to. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Note to self is the right and left facings ARE NOT THE SAME. Cut the pieces out on a single layer of fabric and you won’t make my mistake.  I kept wondering why the right side did not lay as nicely as the left and after I remade the right side, I checked the directions (and surprise it was all right there.)  I also found that the collar was too big for the neck circumference so I had to reduce the collar as well. (This was also a result of my sewing directly on my seamlines instead of ¼ inch away BEFORE trimming.) This is a loose fitting pattern and not too big in the shoulder which is slightly surprising based upon the pattern pictures.  The draped hemline is also very flattering for a person with hips as it draws the eye away from your hips.  

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this pattern and hope to make View B in linen. 

Styling Tips: Doesn’t the Mark Jacobs clutch just look great with the rose silk dupionni? A little bit of sparkle is never out of place in weekend glam dressing for a Sewing Fashionista. 

Eileen, this is gorgeous and thank you!  I also like it in white as pictured on the pattern envelope.  Use silk dupioni in Pristine White or White Linen.

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