Monday, 15 August 2016

Is it a Vest or a Top?

My thoughts have been towards autumn sewing since the mosquitos have made hanging outdoors downright miserable and the air conditioning has me wrapped in a sweater. And then there is Sandra Betzina's latest Fall release, Vogue 1515. Swoon, I love that draped collar. 


Even though it is a sleeveless top, I was thinking autumn gear and I had the perfect fabric in mind for the project.  


The timing was perfect when this embroidered boiled wool found its way to the bargain section, I had to snatch it up. I'm so glad that I did, it worked out beautifully with this pattern. And would you believe I picked up the fabric for less than a chai latte from my favourite coffee shop?  


I did things a little differently from the instructions. I didn't do any of the top-stitching, deciding to serge my seam edges instead. I lengthened the top at the hemline and straighten it a bit. Even though I cut out the armhole facings, I decided to use the fusible Knit-N-Stable™ tape, serge, turn over, and stitch. It worked out great, I love that stretchy fusible seam tape! And instead of stitching the collar down by machine, I chose to hand-stitch it in place along the neckline seam.  

I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. I'll being wearing it as a vest though, I have a lovely grey knit that I would like to sew a t-shirt to wear underneath this item. I can barely wait for autumn weather to get here.  


The Stats:

Fabric:  1.5 metres

Pattern:  Vogue 1515

Fusible Tape:  1.3 metres

Additional Supplies and Tools:  Sewing machine, serger, threads, hand sewing needle, cutting table, pins, scissors, thread clippers, iron, ironing board, tunes on the radio, coffee, and a rest break or two.  

Happy Sewing!  




15 comments:

  1. Oh, my!! This looks sooo high end!! Great fabric choice! This is the 2nd time today I have read a review on this stunner pattern. And both of you used the knit-n-stable tape, a product I've never heard of! Isn't it a beautiful thing when a fabric marries a pattern and there is no drama?

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    1. Thank you Loretta. The boiled wool is one of the recommended fabric suggestions, it worked. I'm a huge fan of Knit-n-stable tape, I don't know how I sewed knits without it and it worked well here too.

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  2. LOVE this ! I have just ordered this pattern . Think I will add sleeves ,though,having seen yours,may think again. The skirt also looks fun and can be made in wovens which is a bonus.

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    1. I was thinking about making another version with sleeves, maybe. We'll see, but for now, I have to clear off the projects I've started.

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  3. Gorgeous fabric and so perfect for this unique style top!

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    1. Thanks. The collar is crazy fun on this top!

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  4. Well done! Looks wonderful. What a perfect fabric/pattern match!

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  5. This is so NICE ... FIESTA ;)

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  6. Very pretty. I love the fabric.

    God bless.

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  7. I know I have already swooned about this on PR, but again, oh my...it's beautiful.

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  8. I have that same fabric only I bought it in the bargain center. Nice to know it's boiled wool. The top looks great.

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