There’s a thread going on Pattern Review on how to use all that JCrew silk/cotton voile we all recently bought from FabricMart (there’s a few prints left!). I bought a ton of it, obviously when it wasn’t on sale because I’m stupid like that and simply couldn’t risk not having it, and the discussion prompted me to actually use the fabric instead of just staring at it.
I chose to use Vogue 8977, a pattern from their new Spring 2014 releases. I didn’t really think that voile was the best fabric for this pattern (I would prefer something with a bit more drape, like a nice rayon, ahhh my favorite) but voile was one of the suggested fabrics so I said, “why not?!”. I cut out View C (tunic length) with the 3/4 sleeves of View B. I wasn’t 100% on the length of the tunic but I figured I could always hem it shorter. I cut a medium which was so stoopid because I KNOW vogue always runs large. I ended up pinching out three inches on both sides at the bottom of the hem of the tunic length, tapering up to the underarm seam, leaving it unchanged. In other words, I removed TWELVE inches from the bottom circumference! It was a HUGE TENT prior to doing this.
At this point I had to decide whether to stick with tunic length or blouse length (see below). I went with blouse length (right). The longer tunic/dress could be really cute…but in a fabric with much more drape.
I was uncertain about this blouse. Probably because then I asked Dan for his opinion he consistently responded the following while rolling his eyes slowly back to his computer screen, “Welllll, you’ve made more flattering tops. It looks like a big square of fabric.” Which is his way of saying – your shirt is fugly. I had to remind him that not every garment I make is going to be tight, short, and low cut. He doesn’t understand why not. Ugh, boys.
Also, I’m skeptical because I think I look like a clown with all these polka dots. But, now that I’m wearing this blouse at work, I really like it! It is super comfortable and can be worn with jeans or leggings and the cotton/silk voile has a certain sheen to it that makes it looks fancier than it really is.
Here’s my blurry attempt to capture how it floats while walking. It catches the air nicely and gives some movement to this boxy blouse.
The pattern fits really well. My only issue is with the sleeves. They set in nicely and I like the size and gathering around the shoulder seam and the cuff. BUT they start twisting almost immediately around the cuff leading to some tension from the front. You can see the twisting on my right arm below. I was surprised to lean that the button band in the back was completely false and only for show. The back piece is cut on a fold and a strip of fabric is sewn down the middle. I haven’t added the buttons yet and I’m actually not sure if I’m going to. I don’t know if they’ll add anything to the blouse. Thoughts? Should I add the buttons?
The back dips lower than I anticipated as well. Not too low though, falls about 2 inches above my bra strap.
As I was putting the top together I noticed a hole in the fabric which fell right in the front underneath the pleats. Just my luck right?! It isn’t huge or noticeable just annoying. I used my technique (if you can even call it that) of putting clear nail polish on it to stop any fraying. I have no idea whether this is a smart idea or not…but it worked on a different project so I keep doing it!
I strayed from the instructions and top-stitched the cuffs instead of slip-stitching.
Ruby wanted to say hi!Have a great weekend! I have plans to start making a button-up shirt for Dan – my first attempt at menswear!