I sewed the DK top from Vogue 1282 earlier this year. Frankly, I have to agree with the general consensus of reviews that something is horribly wrong with this design. The photos were indecent! I am definitely not a prude (I sometimes lean towards the ‘b00bs hanging out’ style of evening wear), but even after raising the centre front by five centimetres it was just embarrassing.
There was something very strange happening at the back neckline too, where I took in a wedge about 15cm long and 10cm wide in order to have the neckline sit anywhere near my neck. Truly bizarre, and the pattern itself was not exciting enough for me to persist with muslins and adjustments.
Anyway, this is a very long winded way of getting to my point. Recently I made the knit top from Vogue 1389, as I wear a lot of t-shirt style tops to work. The selection at Glassons/Kmart/The Warehouse are made from very flimsy cotton, with a tendency to fade and wear out quickly. As these tops are such a staple for me, I want to wear them in fabrics that I enjoy.
|'Scuse the grotty bathroom mirror photos. It's dark before I get home from work, and this room has the best light.|
|Side seams run towards the back. Love the shape this implies, and love that it takes bulk away from my sides!|
|Yeah, I accidentally sewed the neck binding a bit skew-wiff. Whoops.|
I followed the instructions exactly, and there was no problem with them at all. It’s not a complicated style. The only note is that the sleeve bands are very tight, and you may have some difficulty sewing them even with a free-arm machine. Check the stretch of your fabric before you sew the sleeve seams. I *just* made it work. If it doesn't work for you, you may need to forgo the clean finish and attach the bands first while the sleeves are flat.
My second iteration was constructed entirely on the overlocker (except for the sleeve bands and twin-needle hem). I used a good quality ponti knit from Tessuti in Melbourne. This worked well, and looks more polished than thinner cotton knit.
|A bit wrinkled from being in my drawer. But you can see how far back the side seams sweep.|