Posts Tagged ‘Vogue’


This appears to be sideways. Hm. Anyhow, I mad this out of some mystery fabric I bought at Peterborough market. I initially made the long sleeved version, but it looked too frumpy, so I cut the sleeves down a bit. Had to topstitch the neckline due to weird lining not lying flat issues. I have neck issues 😀

The pic looks weird but it actually sits on my waist, instead of an inch above it – this may be down to me forgetting this when cutting out the pattern, but making the seam allowance a bit smaller so it sits right…


Oh, and I got the zip looking reasonably pretty


And from the outside – first time!


Couple of days ago, I also decided to make this…I hate restrictive clothes and thought that as I have a wide back and big boobs, this would be perfect.


More mystery fabric from the market here, slight stretch and lots of drape, but mainly much cheapness if it goes tits up….


Here’s the (sideways) line drawing.


Now, imagine the top of the sleeve near the shoulder…and having to cut at an angle of 45 degrees to make the armhole wider – yep. Make clothes for ‘fuller figured’ women, and forget they also have fuller arms – my arms were dragging the whole thing down which was very uncomfortable! Chopped a lump out and it fits much better. I like the shaping at the waist, as much as I bitched about all the darts!! 😀


This was where I had Buttonhole Trauma. The first was so bad I sewed a button over it. After looking for answers online, it seems I needed to set the stitch length a bit longer – the resulting buttonholes were …ok. 6 were good, 2 were iffy. I know it says 7 buttons on the pattern but I used teeny buttons, and yes the spacing is dodgy – it’s a design feature *whistles*


The neck facing was so awful and bulky I chopped it out and used twill tape instead. Remind me to NEVER do a neck facing again, unless it’s stitched to a lining. The one on my nice purple leopardprint dress has shredded in the wash and looks dreadful…have to keep poking it back into the neck grrrr


Now..what to make with my new stuff?

Well actually you can’t, cos I’ve taken no pictures..BUT…

Perusing the local charity shop this afternoon, I find they have a bit of fabric in (they hide it amongst the bedlinen, curtains etc)….so today, for the grand total of £8.97, I managed to bag myself;

A scrap of really nice teal fabric. I say scrap, it’s 24″ x 70″ – I’ll probably get a small top out of it….it’s sort of crepey but has no stretch….

2 metres of slightly stretch black stuff with a stripe which is perfect for making a shirt or light dress for work. Not too drapey but comfy…would need lining if I made a skirt….

Almost 6(!!!) metres of burgundy suit/trouser fabric with a little stretch.  Debating whether to make Vogue 1265 out of this, seeing as I’ve ordered it and all.

Have just joined – get the magazine for £30 a year, plus 2 free patterns, and every other pattern I buy is half price – saves waiting for the Vogue sale at the fabric shop 😀

So they are the patterns I bought, or rather, didn’t…….

I also got ‘goal’ trousers, which are just too tight to fasten up. My goal is to get into them (comfortably) by end of July.

If the rain holds off, I’m going to the allotment later.


Oh and in Debenhams earlier – Henry Holland top – I LOVE his tights but I need this top, yes I do, I don’t even care that it’s white….




Vogue 8728 Mk2

Posted: November 26, 2011 in dressmaking
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Hmm well. As previously mentioned, this was grim to deal with – the stretchy t shirt fabric was TOO stretchy, and made it bag and sag all over the place…..and the neck was HUGE!

Last night, I had nothing to wear, and had the choice of putting buttons and buttonholes on the turquoise top (and my sewing table is a horror!!!), or working something out with the spotty dress. In the end, I shirred 3 rows at the neckline, to bring in gathers all the way round, one row at the lower bodice, and a row around the sleeves. It’s still huge in the back, but a belt sorted that out. I wore it out last night, and got a few compliments, which is nice. I haven’t hemmed it yet, I may still cut a couple of inches off – it seems to lend itself best as a long top to wear with leggings……I have a pic – it looks massively on the piss, and the seams look uneven as hell, but it actually looks a lot better on….and the seams etc are actually right, it’s the saggy gathers that are the problem! 😀


As I posted previously, I was planning to make a version of this pattern out of stretchy t shirt material. It was, as predicted, a horror to cut, as I didn’t have enough fabric, so had to do some creative stuff to get all the pieces cut out. This included taking about 6″ off the length. The easiest was cutting it small, as it’s a stretch fabric.

Actually, it was not easy……I needed to cut a 14, but the smallest size was a 16 (I’d be an 18 in normal fabric), so I traced the pattern to a 16 and cut it out. Stitching it wasn’t too bad – hurrah for overlockers, but due to the stretchiness of the fabric, the neck is WAAAYYYY too big, and not sure how to rectify that. The rest of it’s not too bad, and it bodes well for when I make it ‘properly’, but floppy fabric and gathers are difficult…think I’ll need to do some form of binding for the neck, to keep it stable……

For now, I think it will make a nice comfy top to wear over leggings. There may be pics later, when I sort myself out. I also found the first thing I ever made – a green cord jacket from a Vogue pattern, which I like, but is so NOT for my shape! Big boobs and side fastening wrap styles do not look good…..the inside is grim as it’s all fraying (I was even more clueless then than I am now), and I had to fudge it but I have to say, I’m impressed at how well it turned out…..considering 😀

Just back from Polenastics. Busy lesson today, and I had the Fear of Fatty. This relates to the pole, not the people! (The poles come in 45mm and 50mm widths. I have tiny hands and short fingers, despite being built like a brick shithouse, and today, I had to go on a fat pole….. 😦 )

Despite the Fear, I managed to do a sitty thing and invert, though I got proper scared and fudged it a couple of times. This is good, though I am still sore from the gym yesterday. Yes, I thought skullcrushers and close grip bench press would be a good idea…. 😀

Today, I made dumplings with proper beef suet and einkorn flour. They looked dark and were quite dense but tasted lovely and nutty so I shall be attempting pastry next, for my mince pies…..

Yesterday, I went to the Singer shop to have a little look at the patterns… friend says th Vogue patterns fit best, as we’ve found New Look ones have silly amounts of ease, Simplicity patterns aren’t and well, the Vogue stuff seems more suited to my chunky hourglass shape…..

How unfortunate then, that as I got to the shop, there was a big sign on the door telling me there is 40% off all Vogue patterns. Oops. I was good, I didn’t just buy the ones I wanted to make, I bought the ones I wanted to make and HAVE ENOUGH FABRIC FOR…….


The first is a dress I liked the look of as it looks simple but challenging – it will require concentration. I have 2 metres of a slightly stretchy pinstripe which I may use – I think this would really work as a smart work dress, though I plan to make it out of something else later….

The second is a vintage reissue, which I will trace, as I’m going to attempt it in a stretch jersey, so will need to cut it a size or two smaller (I also want to make it in a different fabric in the ‘proper’ size, later). It’s also the sort of thing I’ll wear with leggings, when it gets cold(er).

Hopefully, I shall be cutting out the fabric for the 8728 on Sat, and beginning to stitch it on Sunday. I must be mad, I hate stretchy stuff, but it’s spotty, and I have loads of it!