It had been a very long time since I had last attempted an adult clothing sewing pattern.
Being a beginner sewist (I refuse to refer to myself as a sewer!), I needed patterns that were extensive in their instructions, smart in their construction and professional in their finishes. Having reignited my sewing career using my favourite bag designer's pattern, I was used to high quality patterns.
As time had gone on, though, and my need for fit-to-size clothing, I thought I might be in a good place to start exploring womens clothing again. I chose this Vogue pattern as my re-entrance project.
One of the reasons I didn’t continue with making my own clothing back then was because I didn’t know how to alter a pattern to fit, or where to find that sort of information (short of doing a course). And what was the point of making clothing that was as ill-fitting as what I could find off the rack?
Just a decade or so on, and the internet has made a huge difference to my feelings on taking on this type of project. This time round I was an eager and willing student of youtube uni.
This Vogue pattern was quite a good starting point for me. The finishes were quite good with all seams being flat-felled. Not having a serger, this was a real bonus. The construction was quite smart and the style was along the lines of what I was looking for to add to my capsule wardrobe. Also, there seemed to be enough seams in the appropriate places to be able to make the alterations that I needed. Further to that, the pattern included different breast cup sizing options. One less alteration I would have to figure out on my own.
So, the alterations I had to make on this pattern were to :-
- raise the waistline
- reduce the shoulder width (which, on viewing the photos may not have been necessary)
- reduce the whole body circumference
- shape the waist to be more fitted (it's a loose shirt and I wanted more structure)
- reduce the arm sleeve circumference
- reduce the length of the sleeve
- reduce the length of the garment
- change the button placement
While it does seem like a lot of alterations, a couple of things that I did not have to alter that are worth noting (in my mind) :-
- shoulder-to-bust point length
- arm hole circumference
- neck circumference
- bust shaping
From there I cut out the material and sewed as directed.
I am pretty happy with the result. I can wear it tucked in or not. Belted or not. Over a camisole with one button or left open. I’m comfortable wearing it with pants or shorts or a skirt. And also with or without a blazer or cardigan.
I would definitely give this pattern a go again, and either mix up the fabric weight or the looseness. Both of these, I think, would give a different effect. I would also be happy making exactly the same thing if that’s what my wardrobe needed.