Anyway here is Vogue 8935...
A few stats...
Vogue 8935 - the pattern consists of a loose-fitting, pullover top with a collar sleeves with a button pleat and stitched hem. A straight skirt without a waistband and a pair of straight leg pants are included in the pattern. It's a Very Easy Vogue pattern that any level sewist could sew up easily.
Navy/beige poly/wool blend pinstripe from the collection by way of Fabric Mart
White cotton pique from the collection by way of fabric.com
Navy blue rayon bemberg lining
9" navy blue invisible zipper
A pair of 1/2" shoulder pads
navy blue rayon seam tape
2 - 1/2" pearl ball buttons
2 - 1/2" clear & gold buttons
Pattern alterations for the top are contained in this post. For the skirt I used my TNT pattern because why mess with what works.
- I used fabric to give this pattern some pizzazz.
- I also cut the pinstripe on the bias for the skirt to add some visual interest to the outfit. Though to be perfectly honest, I did a so-so job in cutting it out and matching the chevron'd pinstripes. Because the pinstripe is pretty subtle it doesn't look terrible but it definitely could have been done better.
- The collar and cuffs for the top were cut from the contrast cotton pique fabric so that the top would look like it has a shirt under it.
- The top was given a closer fit to lose some of the boxy-ness that the pattern envelope displayed.
- My neckline is low cut. I could have fixed it but I didn't want to have any trouble getting this top on and off. So I'm opting to wear a cami with it.
- I added a pair of 1/2" shoulder pads to the top because even though I narrowed the shoulder seam, it laid kinda flat on my shoulder. Adding the shoulder pad gave it some ummph and squared my shoulders off.
- There is quite a bit of hand stitching in this garment - hand stitched the collar neckband down. Hand stitched the hems in the top & the skirt and I even hand stitched down the waistband.
- Used two buttons & buttonholes for the waistband closure.
- Two pearl buttons were used on the cuffs - it really adds to the business vibe of the white collar/cuffs and the pinstripe fabric used in the body of the outfit.
- The skirt is fully lined.
Sleeve cuff with pearl button
Inside of the cuff
Close-up of the collar
Two buttons on the waistband with invisible zipper
This is a nice outfit and will play well in my work environment. However, this is a one and done use of this pattern...something that's infrequent in my world. It is an easy sew and I knew this pattern had a lot of potential when it first came out. It was just a matter of bringing that potential out so that everyone else could see it. As stated above, choosing the right fabric was crucial to making this outfit work but I don't need another outfit from this pattern.
A few more pics...
The chevron pattern looks pretty good on the skirt
despite my concerns...
Trying to give off that "Pro-fessional" Look! hahahaha
Mary Beth this crossed leg pose is for you! *smile*
This is my third garment from the Five in Five grouping. I won't be working on the last two dresses for awhile because I need to move onto my Butterick coat since it's due by the end of the month. I will pick the Five in Five project back up after the coat is finished.
Finally, thanks for the love on the Internet post. I read each and every comment left along with several that were sent to my email address. I appreciate the fact that you enjoy sharing my creative journey and that I've encouraged so many of my plus size sistahs to sew again! Halfway through the day, I thought maybe it wasn't the best plan to write that as a blog post but at the time I was very annoyed. Truly the comments written by that person should have been like water off a duck's back, but isn't that how people get away with having those kinds of attitudes when no one shines a light on them?! Anyway, have no fears, there was never a chance that I was going to quit blogging...I'm having too much fun here...overweight styling and all! *LOL*
...as always more later!