I'm back! I had a post all typed up and ready to go whining about how I've lost my sewing mojo. Then the next day it all came back. So it's three days later and I have my fourth blouse done!
Review: Vogue 8391
Pattern Critique: This is from Vogue's "very easy very vogue" collection--NOT! OK, if you are intermediate to advanced - yes this is a whip up because you are already familiar w/ the techniques that are new to a beginner/novice. BUT beginner's ready for a challenge should give this one a go. It's not difficult, just time consuming & detail oriented.
I actually read the directions. They were very helpful with construction but not finishing which this shirt really requires. I was pining even more for my serger to be.
Standouts for me were:
The collar - this was my first. Whatcha thank?? I followed directions and it was uneventful. My next project has a collar so I will be seeking tips on how to get more of a point.
Princess seams - I wasn't sure how to finish them, so I think I did a flat felled seam (fold and press in the seam allowance just over the seam and understitch to catch that edge)
curved darts - I think the lower back darts were mismarked on my pattern, but I recognized and managed
finishing a curved facing - I attempted to press down unfinished edge and stitch but I'm not so good at pressing in curved hems. I understitched it on the front of the shirt successfully. Then attempted to understitch the facing at the shoulder seams and at the top of the princess seam to stop it from turning out. It came out uneven as you can see from the wrinkling on front.
The belt - it came out too heavy. I used shirting fabric which is pretty lightweight. the belt is self faced, no interfacing. now if I had a SERGER, I could make it one piece and finish off the edge with one of those fancy stitches!!
I hate the hem on the sleeve, I will make it wider next time. I might fix this one if I feel up to it. later.
Fabric: Yellow 97%/3% Cotton/Spandex shirting from Joann's. It was good stuff, easy to sew, pre-washed nicely-little to no shrinkage (i dont machine dry my cottons anyway). I would have loved to have crispy white, but they only had pastel colors.
Modifications: none. I think I need an FBA for more frontal coverage? kiddo says I'm showing "crack"
Results: wearable muslin. I have a pooch and a short waist, but if I suck it in I look real cute & the princess seams flatter. I think I will wear it with a full skirt to make me look less boxy. I shoulda done that when I took the pic, oh well... when I find some white cotton shirting I will make this again.