Monday, 6 May 2013

Vogue 8831 - good basic with great potential

First - thanks for all your support on my last post. I'm not going to let things get me down! We will prevail!

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)?

17 comments:

  1. Hi Kat, that's a lovely smart casual top - I love the long line over the derriere. It's a good shape and fit. Top stitching makes the garment I think.

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    1. It is a flattering style, and the fit is all down to the cup-size options! I agree, topstitching gives it a 'sporty' look that takes it away from being very plain.

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  2. You know Kat - I wasn't remotely interested in this pattern from their picture. You have brought it to life. I will now have to have it. Looks like a great winter staple.

    The way you have top stitched the seams is crying out for a version with a pocket pouch!

    I think it is great to perfect a pattern - you can always take breaks from it. But getting a pattern that works for you allows you to make some great changes.

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    1. I'd love to see your version! Seeing it made up by regular people can be much more inspiring than the catalogue photos, I think.

      Your dress is a great example of perfecting and modifying a useful pattern - and you're right - it doesn't have to be repeated end on end.

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  3. very nice :) I love a good cowl neck!!

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    1. Me too. I don't know why. But I do!

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  4. This is a great top! I love the top stitching. I need to add this pattern to my 'to buy' list.

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    1. Thanks Heather! I didn't have a strong feeling about this when I bought it, but I sense it's going to be a good solid pattern for me.

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  5. Oooh, nice! And the colour is great too. I'm definitely a "buy one in every colour" type of person. Probably because I'm basically allergic to shopping, so the less time spent on it, the better!! ;)

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    1. Hahaha I feel the same about shopping! I lean towards wanting 'guaranteed winners' in my wardrobe, but I do worry about getting stuck in a rut.

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  6. NIce fit! And I really like your high-low mullet hem.
    I am a great believer in re-using a pattern that works. I once had a run of the beautifully drafted Kwik Sew 2694 crossover top that I made up for myself, my daughter and my BFF 14 times!
    I might even get it out again...

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    1. Thanks Valerie! Wow, that must have been a great Kwik Sew pattern. I'm off to look it up...

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  7. That's such a lovely purple! I've had mixed results with cup size patterns, most have turned out to be too small and ill-fitting regardlress of the claims on the pattern packet.
    I commented on one of your other posts, I was wondering where do you buy fabric in Auckland? I've only been to two other stores apart from Spotlight, one in Mt Albert & one in Newmarket.

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    1. Yes, some of the cup size patterns turn out not-so-good... same as any others, I guess!

      I live in Onehunga - there is a lovely shop called Antique Fabrics and Lace in the mall there. It has AMAZING embellishments and trims, as well as a good selection of different fabric types/qualities/prices. I've also bought quite a few trims and such at Ike's Emporium in Dominion Road.

      Feel free to email me if you want to chat or want some more info... kathryncampbell.83 at gmail dot com :-)

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  8. Hi. Just letting you know I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Some people love awards, some people don’t. Please don’t feel any pressure to participate. It is entirely up to you. Just my way of letting you know I enjoy your blog.

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  9. Looking good Kat. Love the colour and I love cowls.

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    1. Thanks Suzy. It's funny to see that so many of us love cowls! I wonder why?

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