Sunday, September 29, 2013

Vogue 8935 - A top and skirt

This pattern has been on my "must sew" list from it's debut in the last Vogue pattern release. Admittedly the artwork on the pattern looks kinda blah but I could see the potential in the pattern.  It will work well for my corporate workplace yet be comfortable...a huge factor in anything I make these days.

From the beginning I knew I wanted to make it using a wool blend navy pinstripe from my fabric collection.  Somewhere along the line, I decided that I wanted the collar to look like it was a blouse inside a top.  Yeah, I never go simple...*sigh*

Navy blue rayon bemberg, wool blend pinstripe
white cotton pique

So after much thought I came up with a way to make this work.  Some of this is pattern alterations and some is fabric choice but I think I'm on the right track.

First up pattern alterations...

The top front ~ 
These alterations were made by creating a pattern sandwich using my TNT dress pattern, the Vogue 8935 top pattern piece and pattern paper to trace off a new top front pattern piece.

These are the specific changes that I made to get a better fit for me.
~ I shortened the shoulder seam by 2"
~ I used the shorter version (View A) for this top
~ I curved in the side seams to take some of the boxy-ness out of the top

The sleeve ~

~ Again using the pattern sandwich method this allowed me to add to the pattern's bicep area so that they would fit my bodacious biceps. Now I know this doesn't look like a "normal" pattern sleeve piece but I don't care because it works and fits my "not so normal" biceps.
~ I also cut the hem band from the sleeve and added 5/8" seam allowances to both pieces to end up with two separate pieces.

The back piece ~

~ Added a 5/8" center back seam for a better fit
~ A curve was added to the side seam
~ Added an inch to the hemline by tracing the pattern out to the dress' hip line instead of the top's hip line

Fabric choices ~
A navy blue wool blend pinstripe from the collection, probably from Fabric Mart
White cotton pique from was used for the collar and cuffs
Navy blue rayon bemberg to line not only the top but the skirt

Style changes~
  1. To make the top look like two pieces instead of one, I cut the collar and facing out of the cotton pique.  I also cut the sleeve band from the same fabric.
  2. A seam for the center back was added to the top's back to remove some of the boxy-ness of the top.
  3. Added a lining to the body by using the top's front and back pieces.
  4. The skirt will be cut on the bias to give a chevron look to the skirt...adding more detail to the finished outfit.

You can always make a pattern straight out of the envelope and sometimes I do but most times I don't.  To me patterns are just jumping off points for ensembles I envision or am influenced by from other sources.  That is definitely true with this one.

Next post will be about the construction of these pieces... always more later!


  1. This is going to look good.
    I never would have noticed this pattern, but I love Barbara's version and your idea is great, too.

  2. Have you considered making the "shirt" collar detachable for easy laundering. It's likely to become soiled more quickly than the "real" top.

  3. I can't wait because I am planning to sew up this pattern too. So excited to see your finished sounds like it is going to be really nice.

  4. I look forward to seeing this made up! I just saw Barbara of sewingontheedge's version and loved it.

  5. I'm looking forward to seeing how this comes out, too. I also liked seeing how your pattern pieces look like mine sometimes do after alterations. A lot of times I get the impression that every one else that makes them has them come out looking smooth and just slightly different than the pattern pieces even when big changes have been made.

  6. I bought this pattern when it was first released. I was concerned about the "boxy" look so I haven't used it. Thanks for sharing how you fixed that. Look forward to future posts about this pattern.

  7. What a FABULOUS combination! This pattern in a pin-striped fabric. Love it....already!

  8. I have a pattern very similar to this one that I used quite a while ago. Seeing yours is giving me the urge to bring it out and resurrect this great, comfortable two piece dress. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I like what you plan to do with this. I have a question about your tracing paper--what brand do you use?


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