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Vogue 8536

2009 is off to a good start for me!

I’m pretty excited about the first thing out of my sewing room. I bought Vogue 8536 a while back specifically for View E: the wrap-style top.

I really like the neckline and the wrap style. I found the fabric at Fabricland in November. I don’t remember the specifics, but I remember that it was a good deal. (It always is, isn't it?) The bolt was labeled as a “sweater knit.” I guess this is a sweater knit, albeit a very fine gauge one. I am a little afraid of sewing with sweater knits. Somehow I still have a few pieces in my stash. Hmmm….

This fabric was really nice to work with and is helping get me over my fears. It is however, very sheer. This pattern was a good match for the fabric. The double-front provides more coverage. But, still…I will likely only wear this with a cami underneath.

I’m pretty happy with the fit and I really didn’t do much altering. I was worried about gaping between the neck and arm so I essentially “pulled” the top layer tighter by trimming off ¾” at the neckband of the top front tapering to 0 at the side seam. It seems like this worked. I’ve worn the top a couple of times and there is very little gaping. The side slits at the hem are a nice feature of this pattern, but I omitted them in favor of the extra length. Next time I sew this I will include them. Finally, I added 2” to the long sleeve length – pretty standard for me.

The next project is a denim jacket. I have quite a few things lined up and waiting to be sewn. The rough plan is to alternate more complicated things with easy, instant gratification things like this top. We’re off to a good start.


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