Moving on... it's no secret that I LOVE cup-sized patterns. I'm still not too confident in my alterations for a full bust, so I love it when the companies do the hard work for me. An added bonus is that there are now several basic patterns that come with cup sizes. I like the idea of starting with a basic pattern that fits, and adding style details to make it special.
Vogue 8831 is a princess-line tee, with cowl neck and sleeve/hem variations. I've made my first attempt in a cotton-lycra mix, reminiscent of leggings material. It's got great stretch and recovery, but it's nearly too firm to let the cowl drape properly.
|Seams! Shaping! A basic t-shirt style that actually fits!|
There isn't much to say about the construction process. The instructions are clear, and the drafting seems fine. I made the long sleeved version, which comes with a slight high-low hem. Not dramatic enough to be the dreaded mullet, but nicely shaped to cover one's butt if one were wearing leggings.
|Where's my gut going? Oh yeah, it's disappearing at a very tiny rate of speed.|
I chose to topstitch all the vertical seams, just because. The hems were sewn with a 2.5mm twin needle, with the stitch tension at just below 1.
|The only kind of mullet that I don't find embarrassing to wear.|
This top is destined to become a staple. I really like cowl necks, and the various sleeve and hem options keep it interesting. I can envisage another version in soft stretch velvet, or perhaps colour blocked with the cowl and central sections in a different colour.
Would you rather have several of the same top (that fits well) in different colours, or try something new and different each time (with the higher possibility of things fitting imperfectly)?