Vogue V8791 »
InstructionsInstructions generally clear and accurate. I do find it easier to sew the collar in BEFORE sewing the side seams. That's just a personal preference.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Cute, Classic
Lightweight cotton poplin from a stash given to me recently by a former sewist (health issues prevent her from sewing any more).
What was your inspiration?
The pattern itself inspired me to look through my stash and see what I might have to make a muslin of this pattern. This is the muslin (and I won't be taking it apart to use for a pattern). This pattern has a custom fit top, allowing you to choose from A, B, C or D cups. Really makes for a great fit.
What are you most proud of?
Several things. 1), The red seam binding. I like the surprise of a pop of color on the inside of a garment.
2) The perfect corners on the collar (made possible by using a collar turning clamp tool . . . aka a hemostat . . . to turn the corners. You can purchase one and find instructions at Pam Erny's web-site. Here's the address:
Coco Chanel said that a garment should be as beautiful in side as it is outside. The more I sew, the more I work to make the inside of a garment something I would be happy for anyone to see. The attention to every detail in sewing is something I find both therapeutic and rewarding.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
The measurements on the pattern envelope seem to be pretty accurate. And it slips fairly easily over the head. You might add a side zipper if you're concerned about getting into it. Be careful to not use too heavy a fabric. I do plan to use this pattern again, probably adding sleeves. Brush up on your top-stitching skills. You're going to need them for this. This was a quick project to put together.