Thursday, October 8, 2015

Finished: Vogue 8979

I'm trying to remember how I came across this pattern...probably just trying to find more interesting tops to sew??

At any rate, there were 4 reviews on PR (1 has no photo) and I could find no other reviews online for it. It's a gorgeous style!!! So I was surprised that not many had reviewed it and that of course made me go for it :-p

Right after deciding to make it I asked myself, "Self, what are you thinking?! Look at how complicated that is!!!!" But then my other self said, "You are easily an intermediate sewer, that pattern will be no match for you!"

Let's talk turkey...
1) The line drawing isn't entirely incorrect -- The pattern has back darts and there are no darts to be seen on that line drawing. (the sleeves on the tech drawing do not look full length to me, but the photo shows that they are). It oddly shows no hem stitching but the hem IS top-stitched.

2) I don't know how you would get the right side to look how it looks in the photo and line drawing with the method they provided. 

3) Vogue rates this pattern as 'easy'. From the Vogue site:

Easy-to-sew patterns but with more details than the Very Easy category. Perfect for those with limited sewing knowledge or little time. Expect a wide variety of sewing procedures—there will be more details when the techniques are simple and fewer details when the techniques are more involved. Some fitting knowledge required.

Now, this is fine if one reads the ratings and understands that easy does not mean novice or beginner. However, I often see suggestions to new sewers to get a pattern marked "easy" and I don't think they understand it doesn't mean what they think it means.

Is this pattern difficult? No. But there are techniques involved that could frustrate a new sewer. 
  • A pivot corner. 
  • Whatever the heck is happening with the right collar assembly
  • The left band is...Oddly shaped, oddly sewn plus some more oddities. It's too long too. I mean, it is cut on the bias so I assume it's a piece that could easily stretch out of shape, but other reviewers mentioned it too.
  • The way the front is finished can be confusing too.
  • The pleat in the sleeve hem is formed by making two buttonholes and then buttoning both over the button. Hmm. Interesting.
But it's so cute! And different!!! 

What I love:

1) I love the flounce. But I love all flounces. I will wear flounce any and everything so never listen to me :-p

2) I love the asymmetry. Duh. I love asymmetry.

3) I like the length more than I thought I would. I was going to shorten it but decided to leave it as-is.

4) I love the pleat! Other reviewers didn't seem to care for the smaller pleats below the larger one. I really like the effect.

5) I actually love the sleeves as-is, without the buttons. I hadn't done them yet because I didn't have anything appropriate. But I like them as they are. I even folded out the pleat and pinned it and while I like the little blousing it creates on the arm, I think I like the loose sleeve even more.

6) The sleeve set BEAUTIFULLY

What I don't love:

1) There's fabric for 3 people in the upper back. I was so distressed initially. I inserted one sleeve and thought there was excess fabric then thought, hmm, maybe that'll resolve when the other sleeve is in. Nope. Total hump-back thing happening.

****I forgot that it was suggested that the back is a length, not width issue until it was just mentioned again in a comment on my review.*****

2) I love this color and the thickness of this crepe. However, it shows every lump and bump and I am already self-conscious about my backfat. In fact, it is probably the only body-thing I am self conscious about! So combined with excess fabric and I hate the back view. Hate. Hate. Hate.

3) the narrow hem. I should have just serged and turned up a wider hem. Darn it.

4) My fabric is the same on both sides. BUT I should have hemmed the flounce the "other" way. It's hemmed before the front is assembled and I automatically hemmed it to the 'wrong' side. But the wrong side is showing! Doh! It does bother me a tiny bit.

  1. The front is 'connected' by overlapping the right over left and stitching in place. Because I am getting smarter in my old age, I used Wonder Tape to hold this in place.
  2. The underside of the flounce
  3. The pleats! :)
  4. The seam that connects the pleated lower portion to the rest of the top. I serged this and pressed it but it is bulky. I don't know what to do to make it less bulky.

  1. My invisible zipper is totes invisible! One reviewer left off her zipper. This was not an option for me.
  2. The inside of the left band (you can see some Wonder Tape! LOL!). I slipstitched by hand and still have a few inches to do. 
  3. The back is actually even up top! :) I need to insert a hook & eye. I feel some kind of way about that for a finishing but can't verbalize why.

Are you still here? WHEW!

I sewed a size 14 with the following adjustments:
3/4" swayback
1/2" narrow shoulder
1" bicep adjustment 
2" added to hip via slash and spread on back pattern piece
Moved the dart 'back' 1". I also meant to lower it a tad.
Next time I'll take a tuck across the upper back to remove excess length. 

I love the sleeveless version and will be making that one soon! 


My Making My Wardrobe Work page is updated. I've been adding photos in sets of 2, because I am also rating each outfit and it helps to do that soon after wearing it rather than later. 

I see my Rheumatologist again in December and *hope* to be 20 lbs lighter by then. I am only weighing at the end of each month because, ugh, scales. I finally took some measurements today and am 1/2" smaller at the bust and hip and 3/4" smaller at the waist. YAY! 


  1. That is a lovely pattern. I've never even noticed it. And your figure is terrific. Period.

    1. Thank you ;-)

      I really wish I could remember how it caught my eye!

  2. Back fat? Err, what back fat?! Oh my gosh this looks amazing on you! And you have made a wonderful job of this top. Wear with confidence :) xx

    1. Hahaha! I am always, always, always joking that I'm going to get lipo back there! :-p

      Thank you!!!

  3. Beautiful. Stunning. Gorgeous. So glad to see this style on a real person. Love the colour you chose. It's your colour and looks so great with the grey pants. What is the fabric? It drapes very nicely.
    A real winner.

    1. Oh, thank you!!! :)

      It's a polyester crepe. I'll go add that to the post!

  4. This is gorgeous! Great color, fun design.

  5. Love this blouse- it looks awesome on you despite all the headache of sewing it!

    1. Thanks Meg! I think I shall wear it tomorrow! :-D

  6. It looks great on you and I love the colour and the colour on you. It's a great style and looks great with your trousers.

  7. This is one gorgeous blouse, whatever you don't like about the rear view. I now have this firmly placed on my Christmas gift list:). And the crepe just makes it hang so nicely.

    1. Thank you Sarah Liz! Oh I bet this would look great on you!

  8. Fabulous review, I love the detail you go to in it. So helpful and I love the detail construction shots too. I is a gorgeous top and you've really made it work for you. I can't really see a problem with the back view, it looks nicely shaped to me I hope you can still get wear out of this top regardless. Gorgeous colour too.

  9. This is lovely. I'm always on the look out for cute top patterns that aren't shirts, I'll have to add this to the list.

    1. Thank you Sam! And, same! I was looking for an interesting top without a button front and I am really liking this one.

  10. What a fun jacket! Great work, as you always do, and it looks fantastic on you. Congrats too on the weight loss!

  11. This tops looks great on you. I think the longer length looks lovely and it goes so nicely with your pants. Congratulations on the weight loss too.

  12. What a gorgeous design! I am definitely getting this pattern thanks to your inspiration. The red is terrific on you and I hope you make this again. It just needs such minor tweaks and I really think it would be worth it. In the meantime you have a definitely wearable top that is really pretty.

    1. Just adding that I would take that back tuck out lower where it wouldn't involve the armscye. You don't want to mess with that upper back/ arm fit. And you do have a darling figure so stop stressing on it.

    2. Brilliant! Thanks Bunny, that really helps.

  13. Thank you for sharing in such a detailed way you're experience in making this pattern! I know just what you mean about buying a pattern you suspect is beyond your skill level but go for it anyway! and the way you describe your regrets after sewing it - wishing to have finished the hem this way was so bang on for I'm sure what other sewers go through as well all the time. I loved your top on you! It does look challenging! A great fit and to be honest I don't think it looks bad from the back at all! I think the colour is brilliant on you and you did an amazing job :)

  14. I *think* I have this pattern based on the cool drape. I LOVE it! Well done! Now I want to go check and see if I truly have it or not! :)

  15. I think I passed on this one because I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on with the front. I still can't, but I like your top. =) And red is YOUR color!

  16. Oooooh yeah. I totally want to play along with making my wardrobe work! Great idea.

  17. This is an interesting top that looks amazing on you!

  18. omg I loooooove this top. I would have never taken interest in it but once again you have knocked it out the park. I love the fit on you and I think you look fabulous in it. Congrats on the weight loss, you look great!

  19. You look great! I can tell you've been losing with each new post. You made this top look way better than that cover drawing. I just love when "easy" patterns are anything but. LOL.

  20. think I'm going to have to add this to my queue, it's so interesting and different!


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