I’ve had a few recent makes where I chose the wrong size – too large. Well, my friends, I swung completely the opposite way and made something too small. *Sigh* I feel like I’m having some Goldilocks moments with woven fabrics. Maybe one day I can get it just right.
The pattern is Vogue 1387, a loose-fitting blouse that would be really cute with leggings and some knee-high boots. I am so used to the ease in McCalls and Simplicity patterns being way too much, so I chose to make a size 8 even though my measurements land me more at a 12/14 from the pattern envelope. I thought I was being smart. Vogue is smarter. They actually have better drafting (from what I can tell from the only two tops I have made…) so the fit is better IF YOU CHOOSE THE CORRECT SIZE.
It’s not a terrible make, but it took me longer than it should have with a shirt that’s kind of off. I chose a flowy chiffon-type fabric from a remnant pile at SAS. It was challenging to work with, but not all terrible. I French-seamed most of it because the fraying was a bit much. The fabric was crazy cheap, though, so I don’t feel mortified that this didn’t come out as planned.
OK so it doesn’t look too bad. The problem with the fit is most in the shoulder/bust area. You can see the armhole is right up in my arm pit – a very nice feeling… um, no, not really. I tried drafting short tulip sleeves because I thought I could get better movement than the long sleeves (plus it would have been way cute!). I sewed one sleeve on and it was kind of tragic. Too much pulling and wow was it uncomfortable. So, I scrapped that idea and bound the arm holes with self-made bias tape from the same fabric.
I have a confession… I rushed through those pleats in the front. I did half-assed tailor tacks and just hurriedly folded and sewed. I think next time I’ll adjust this step to gathers instead of pleats. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ pleats!
They do look better on an angle, though! I just loooove this fabric. Look how cute those dots are! But I feel all the details in the yoke of this shirt gets lost with such a busy fabric. *Sigh again.*
I do have another confession to make… the shirt was way too wonky with the snaps down the front lined up straight – how they should be – so I had to adjust the top snap so my shirt didn’t look more poorly suited to my body than it already is.
All-in-all I don’t think it’s a complete bust, but I had such high hopes for this shirt and silly me messed it up from the start with the wrong size. You KNOW I’ll be making this shirt again, though. The design is too cute and I have more flowy fabrics to use. The good news with this fabric is I have about a yard left, so I can make a cute summer tank top with it. I already have a pattern in mind… Simplicity 1589, I’m looking at you!
So… Vogue 1387, you defeated me this time, but I call a rematch! Be ready!