Allow me to present my favorite garment of 2013 so far! It didn’t take much to beat the first attempt, but I’m happy to say that I quite like this one… and not just by comparison. :-)
You may recall that the first time I tried Vogue 8854, I found the fit in the armscye/upper chest to be way out of whack. I needed to make significant adjustments, and for once I decided to avoid recreating the wheel. I took a knit top pattern that I’ve already tweaked into well-fittingness, laid it under this pattern, and traced the necessary modifications. Um, why did it take me so long to use this technique? Maybe I really wanted that next pattern to be the one that would fit, semi-straight outta the envelope?? No amount of wanting was gonna make that happen. And who cares, when it’s this easy to swap out the parts that you already know will work! Anyway, since I had made such major changes to the armscye, I traced that same pattern’s sleeve cap as well, so that it would fit into the bodice properly.
This top uses primarily view A but with the sleeves from B/C. I shortened the sleeves, I believe by about 6″, to make them roughly 3/4 length. I chose this view in order to incorporate the collar instead of the hood. However, I knew that I would always wear the collar turned down, rather than straight up as it was styled on the envelope:
With this intent, I interfaced the collar as directed, but I did not add the two snaps there. (The directions call for four snaps total — two at the placket, two at the collar.)
On the whole, I found this make quite easy (fitting issues aside), and thought the instructions were better than average for Big 4. I think they’d be fairly simple for a new sewist to follow, although I do like Victory Patterns’ tutorial for sewing a curved hem much better than the directions Vogue provides. I’ve finally got that twin needle thing whipped, and I used it for the sleeves’ hems. But I didn’t want to mess with it and the curviness of the bottom hem simultaneously, so I used a decorative (super-stretchy!) stitch for this part:
So, I’m left with kind of a funny situation. This version still wasn’t made from the “final” fabric that I had planned, because I wanted to make absolutely sure of the fit, collar style, etc. I like the fabric but it wasn’t the omg-crushin’-hard-would-just-die-if-I-messed-it-up choice. But now I think I’m kind of ready to move on to another pattern. Ha! I guess the good news is that at this rate, I’m slowly refining my stash to reduce the purchases I’m lukewarm about. But clearly I’m keeping myself from wearing the pieces I adore while they languish in the stash closet. WTF — I can’t take it with me! Do you do anything that remotely resembles this??