I was keen to try my first one - Vogue 9227.
The fabric was a jersey from Morelands Fabrics. When I saw the fabric I knew it was perfect for this top as the stripes would really show up well. The collar and button band were a black ponte remnant left over from a previous project.
The button band took me forever to correctly place the buttons. At the neck, instead of a button I used a press stud and sewed a button on the outside. I knew my machine would not be able to cope with making a buttonhole through all the fabric that sits inside the neckband there. I also wasn't satisified with the tiny bit of gaping that remained at the buttonband, so I slipstitched from the armscye to the third button. As it is a jersey I don't need all that space to get it on and off. After all the effort I am pleased with the way it looks.
This certainly wasn't a quick sew, it took me 12 hours from cutting to finishing, compared to the last Lisbon cardigan that took me 4 hours. However it is a smart t-shirt type top.
Alterations I made to construction were:
- Added buttonholes to buttonband before attaching to bodice
- Press stud at neck edge and sewed button on top
- slip stitched button band from armscye to 3rd button
- 3" sleeve hems!
- 1/2" back hem - had to taper side fronts to line up at back hem
There are a few changes I would make next time:
- Add 1 - 2" to length
- Shorten sleeves 1" ( had to do a whopping 3" hem)
- Narrow shoulder adjustment - 1/2"
There are a few other variations of this pattern that I might try.
The other Vogue patterns I bought were:
There are a couple of variations, including this one with short sleeves. I've bought a couple of different shades of pink linen for this.
This dress, also with variations, with or without roll collar, short sleeves or sleeveless.
I particularly like the pleated skirt on this, so may attempt to make a skirt on it's own. As suggested in the pattern you can use a different colour for the top to create a skirt/top separate look. I've bought 3 (!) pieces of cotton sateen for this. 2 of the fabrics I'm not sure of, while one is a black and red very fine check. I may use one of them to make a skirt and different colour top, I'm thinking an embroidered eyelet or something similar for the top part.
Anyway summer sewing is still a while off, as spring has just sprung so a few more spring items are needed including more jeans, denim jacket and a flannel shirt.