With the long holiday weekend (President’s Day in the US), I spent most of it sewing my Fearless February projects. I was really excited to complete two versions of Vogue 8790. I made this top once and talked about it here.
The first version I made was this one. I just shortened the sleeve on View C.
This turned out well. The concerns I shared here about the fabric don’t show up, so I expect to get a lot of wear out of it until the fabric falls apart! (LOL!)
The next version I made was this one, with long sleeves – View C.
I love how this turned out. In fact, I’ve already worn it! Here are a couple of “live” shots…
So, you can see the sleeves are a bit long, but they work pushed up or – with a cardigan like this Butterick pattern 5789 that I LOVE (need to blog about that one!)
Below you can see what I mean about the sizing – there is a bit of a “bat wing”. I can live with it, but reason to think about down sizing next time I sew this.
Two things I learned with this pattern.
1) “Third time’s a charm”. I had a difficult time attaching the back to the collar the first two times I sewed this. By the time I got to my third try, somehow I managed to figure out that when you are attaching the back, you really stitch it in a “square”, with the dots matched. In the first two versions I snipped the curve of the collar to almost lay flat with the back. It really does work better to keep it “square”. When/if you make this pattern, I think you’ll see what I mean in steps 6-8, here:
They even show it “square”, but for some reason I was trying to make it “straight”.
2) Consider sizing down with knits. While I can wear both of these tops, I probably should have cut these down a size. I’m always afraid of going too small, but I read a recent blog post by Goodbye Valentino on her recent experience with a knit dress – I think it’s time to revisit sizing with knits. Particularly when they are this stretchy – go down a size!
Overall, I highly recommend this pattern. I really like it and will definitely sew it again. I love the length of the top and the front drape is flattering. Now that I’ve figured out how to attach the back to the collar, this should be a real breeze to make in the future. Plus, it’s just three pattern peices (2 if you make the sleeveless version, which would also be cute!).
Here’s my “official” review:
Pattern Description: Per the Vogue Patterns website: MISSES’ TOP: Close-fitting, pullover, mock wrap top has front extending into standing back collar and stitched hems. A and B:narrow hem armholes and sleeves B. I made View C twice – once with a modified short sleeve, and once as shown with long sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: F5 (16-18-20-22-24)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy, with the exception of steps 6-8 where I got hung up trying to attach the back to the front (described in my post above).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It is really an easy pattern to sew, just 3 pattern pieces (for View C). It’s a very flattering style and being tall, I love the longer length of the top and the length of the sleeves – no alterations for me!
Fabric Used: In both cases, ITY jersey print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No, in fact – I am 6 ft tall and my arms are long. I did not make any alterations to the length of the bodice or sleeves and this top is really long on me. I love it, but if you’re shorter, you might want to go way down in size or take it up.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes!
Conclusion: Great versatile top pattern. Love the style, easy to sew – what more could you want?!