Monday, September 14, 2015

A Vogue 9048 & TNT Pattern Mashup

I started this top prior to leaving on vacation but after making so many maxidresses so quickly I was sewed out.  I left it to finish up when I returned from vacation.  Well we all know that I had a really eventful vacation and two weeks after, so I'd just started thinking about it again.


After looking at it with fresh eyes, I realized there wasn't much left to do to finish it up.  Also, I've been seeing a lot of this type of look on the streets of NYC and I realized that I could wear this style now...



I started this top by using Vogue 9048 and my TNT dress pattern. Originally I wanted the neckline and collar from the Vogue pattern. To alter the pattern, I used my pattern sandwich trick, layering the new pattern piece, the TNT dress pattern piece and a fresh piece of pattern paper to make up new pattern pieces.

I lengthened the pattern pieces by 15" and cut it out from a black and white cotton voile from the collection.  Originally, I cut out short sleeves and I went back and forth over whether to add them or not. Finally, I decided not to use them. Why? Because I'm still living in manufactured air everywhere and I always wear a cardigan against the cold.

  • There is an 18" zipper in the center back.
  • I omitted the collar - decided it would be too hot.
  • I scooped the center front neckline out another inch at the center decreasing on the sides until it met the original seam.
  • Turned the neckline and armholes down 1/2" pressed and stitched flat.
  • I secured the side seams against tearing by pressing some Design Plus Fusible Stay Tape at the end of each side seam. Then stitched it flat.
  • Cut 3" off the bottom then turned up 1/2" pressed and stitched flat.



Voila! It was done!  As you can see I'm wearing it over my leggings. It's a cool outfit for these last hot summer days especially since I no longer have a dress code.

Wearability Factor ~
I wore this on one of the hottest days during the past week and going out the front door I knew the leggings were going to be hot. I really don't like pants or anything on my legs during the heat so wearing this outfit was tricky, but I like it so much and wanted to wear it.

I also realized that I'm most comfortable wearing a boatneck and since this one is closer fitting, it bothered me all day. I kept having to tug at it because either my handbag pulled it tight up against my neck, sitting down without adjusting it also pulled it up against my neck. Even moving around in it caused me to tug at it.

My side slits are too high. When the wind blew the cotton voile flew in the wind and you could see my leggings clearly. Now while I was fully clothed, I'm still getting used to this whole close-fitting situation and I was definitely uncomfortable...especially after I caught a dude staring at my ass-ets.

Now would I make this again...yes! If I change the neckline, maybe to a v-neck and add some short sleeves using a little heavier fabric, this would be even better. This version was sooooo comfortable to wear and I felt very trendy and cool in it. Also, it was a head turner and I got quite a few compliments...so you might see a fall version of this one sooner rather than later.

In Conclusion ~
This was fun to wear. I would have never been able to wear this to my former job and it was freeing to be able to do so now. It also works as part of me trying to find my new style. I like how it's funky, cool and even a little sexy...

....always more later!





47 comments:

  1. I love this look on you. You look hawt!! The tunic (?) legging but I love the shoes. Nice job. g

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  2. This style really suits you, and yes it is a little sexy. Well done.

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  3. This is a great look on you! A little bit sexy but still totally in line with your style. I look forward to seeing more like it. You look great!

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  4. I agree, this is a great look on you! I think you should definitely create other looks similar!

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    1. Myra - thanks! I have a few more ideas. Now to get them out of my head and through my sewing machine!

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  5. I love this look on you, very figure flattering. You look lovely!
    Bonnie @ sewplus.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Bonnie cause it could have gone either way...cute tunic or big blob of fabric, y'know!

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  6. I love the outfit and it looks great on you, very spot on for the trends today.

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    1. Elizabeth - the great thing about where I work now is that I get to see a lot more fashion on the streets and that is definitely influencing what I sew!

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  7. Very sexy, trendy look on you and you carry it off beautifully!

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  8. Well look at you, Ms. Sassy! I love it! And I am a complete fool for black & white prints!

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    1. Kisha - I LOVE black n white prints! I have a whole section of them in the fabric collection. Thanks for liking the outfit!

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  9. That outfit is the best!!! I love the clothes you are making now.

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  10. Spot on! Love the whole look on you. And nothing wrong with having your ass-ets looked at...unless it's one of those subway lurkers...then Eeewwwww. lol

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  11. I think you look fabulous in this . I always love the tips you give on how you make a garment . I learn so much from you . Nothing wrong with adding some sass to your wardrobe !!

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  12. Love this look on you. I know you will tweak to perfection next time, to your liking. This could work with some nice slim woven pants as well.

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  13. this is a great look on you and I like the new silhouette. I can see you re-making this type of top in a fall or winter fabric. Nice!

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  14. I love the look, but some of your criticing is correct. That reminded me of this article I read just last week. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2129545/Just-1-50-secret-weapon-preserves-Her-Modesty--Outfits-curtain-weights-sewn-hem.html

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  15. That is so chic! I absolutely love it!

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  16. Absolutely love this look! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I really like this look on you! I think you should definitely make another with the changes you are wanting to do.

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  18. This looks badass! What an awesome outfit!!

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  19. Carolyn, I definitely think you should make the changes you want, if it makes you feel more comfortable. But don't make too many. ;) This is a fabulous look for you!

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  20. On point and on trend!!! You look fabulous, Carolyn! Also, I think the side slits are perfect as they are -- it is the style to have them come up so high, so your 'assets' can be seen when the wind blows and when you move. ROCK THAT!!! I'm so jealous over here, I tried to sew to this trend and my version came out dowdy. :-p

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  21. I like it! going to have to try that. I don't like leggings on their own, but hidden behind a pretty dress--I can do that!

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  22. I actually really like this look on you. It looks on trend, modern and comfortable. You look really happy in this.

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  23. You look so fly. That's really all I have to say.

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  24. I love that. It's different, it's interesting - and I think it's modest. It's the cool factor that makes it a "little sexy" ! :)

    You look great, it's awesome to see you get to have so much more fun with your clothes.

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  25. I'm going to second everyone else and say this is a great look on you! Compared to a standard maxi the open sides with leggings are so slimming. I love the high splits too, maybe leave them as is and just wear it on non-windy days!

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  26. It's a great look. So relaxed and flattering. I love it. Well done. Another option in the wardrobe.

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  27. I like this look and you made it work for you. Sorry that the wearability factor was off but you have already made design changes for the next one.

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  28. Absolutely awesome. I love it. I hope you do make more because the style looks great on you.

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  29. This is a nice look for you! Maybe weighting the hem would help with the wind problem.

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  30. Wow! I love this new look on you. Good for you for stepping outside of the box. :-)

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  31. I love this on you! They've been staring you just didn't notice. LOL

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  32. I see you Ms. Carolyn. You look so young and chic.

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