Saturday, 13 October 2012

An oddly sized Vogue 8791

Sewing - I have completed some! (waits for applause). This is Vogue 8791, which is a pullover shirt/tunic with different cup sizes.


I've been working on this shirt in short stints over the last few weeks. Hey, I'm a busy lady. A sleeve here, a collar there... and at last, I've finished it.


I would say this is the first thing I've sewed where I genuinely haven't stressed about the size - in that I don't care if it's a size 6, 16, or 26. This was aided by the fact that my measurements matched the pattern sizes as follows:

  • High bust - size 14
  • Cup size - D
  • Waist - 16
  • Hips - 20
Hmm. This didn't bode well for choosing just one size. Even more difficult was that no matter what, I had to be able to pull the waist over my chest to get in and out of the shirt.

I ended up sewing a 16D, drawing a line from the waist to a size 20 at the hips. It's probably as good a fit as it could be. I also removed about an inch for a sway back, and this seemed to work appropriately. The waist  is kind of a low empire waist, which only sits about an inch above my ACTUAL waist. I like that.

100kph winds - adding drama to the photo shoot?
Where I have issues with the fit is the very broad back, and the too-large shoulders/sleeves. These things lead me to believe that I am indeed a 14 at the top - but I wouldn't have been able to pull on the shirt if it was a 14. I guess I could have put in a side zip, but I love how breezy this top is without it. The waist could have been a smidge smaller. The hips seem to be correct. Am I really 3 sizes smaller at the shoulders than the hips/butt??

This top was my first foray into flat-felled seams. I LOVE THEM. They really tidy up the inside of the garment. Being that this is a fairly loose linen, it also strengthens the seams and should eliminate fraying. Vogue doesn't specify doing these style of seams, but I highly recommend it. The only seams I couldn't sew this way were the inside of the sleeves - I did a French seam instead.


I really like this shirt (and I love linen, I'll definitely seek out more of that). It's a bit big, and from certain angles it does have an air of 'maternity'... but it's comfortable and serves a purpose. Because it's so long, I'd be fine with wearing this over skinny jeans or leggings to balance my proportions.


There are a few more Vogue cup-size shirt patterns winging their way to me, so I'm glad I've had a useful first attempt!

12 comments:

  1. It looks like a great, floaty sort of shirt to wear when the weather is warmer. Very nice!

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    1. Exactly! I think it will be great for when (if) we have hot days at work... I have to wear wrist length sleeves, but this won't feel too sweaty.

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  2. Your shirt is waving at us!!! I would suggest the possibility of darts at the back to deal with some of the broadness, but a) that would probably make it really hard to get on and off, and b) you should never take sewing advice from me because the extent of my expertise is sewing on buttons!! ;)

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    1. It IS waving!

      It has princess seams in the back, so darts wouldn't really be feasible. They wouldn't address the shoulders being too big, either. Nope, I really should have just made a smaller size at the top and used a zip.

      The other problem is that the pattern envelope didn't have a smaller size, so I would have had to fudge it anyway... I think this one is a case of 'near enough is good enough'!

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  3. I really like this! The top is so feminine and the bottom edgy- nicely done.

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    1. Thanks! You've convinced me that this was indeed a good pattern choice :-)

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  4. I really like this on you, and it certainly does not look home made. You can wear it to work with pride!

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    1. Thank you! Perhaps I should stop frowning upon my own efforts as much as I do.

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  5. You found striped linen? I was thinking how lovely your fabric is! I'm in agreeance with the others, its definitely closer to being handmade than home-made :) I especially love the collar of this on you! I'm seeing so many uses for this shirt - it's work appropriate, but would also look amazing as a cover up on the beach! Linen is soooo multi-faceted like that.

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    1. At Spotlight, of all places! Pure luck.

      I like the collar too - not too daggy, but modest enough for work. I tend to retire work clothes when they start looking too 'worn-in', so I love the idea of it becoming beachwear.

      PS Thanks for commenting - I think we went to uni together a million years ago!

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    2. We totally did!!! First year, Monash Eng. Awesome times :P

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    3. Awesome times INDEED. From what I recall :-D

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