Saturday, February 7, 2009

My First Vogue Pattern: #1020 Top & Skirt

After seeing several rave reviews on Pattern Reviews for this t-shirt top from Vogue pattern 1020, I was convinced that I had to have it. And I would, of course, put my own little spin on it. Probably not the best idea when you're a self-taught beginner like me, but what the hey. The pattern's dress also caught me eye, as it faintly reminded me of this little number from Narcisco Rodriguez.



I love the neckline on this dress, and attempted to do my V1020 top's neckline in a similar manner. So much for trying. Here's my version of the top, in black matte jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics, as well as the skirt from the same pattern.




This was the first top I ever made, and I am quite pleased with it. Setting the sleeves was tricky at first, but not as bad as I thought. I did make other changes to the design of the top besides the neckline. The pattern called for ruching on the right side at the waist. I lowered mine to hit the hip to add a bit of asymmetry at the bottom. I also added a little ruching to the left upper side seam for soft gathers across the chest. They didn't come out as pronounced as I wanted them to.

The pattern instructions called for a side zipper. Why, I wonder? The pattern calls for stretchy fabrics, no zipper needed. As for the ruching, I used the zigzag stitch and string method with no problems.

As for the skirt, it's not that great looking on the pattern envelope pic.





Maybe it's the color? Anyway, I am pleased with the way my skirt turned out. It was very easy to construct and sew.



Both pieces greatly flawed in terms of construction details--slight puckers at the armholes, uneven stitching at the hemline--but I wore this out to a party tonight all the same. I am ready to start taking sewing classes. Where to go is the question. Hopefully I'll be able to find something not to far from home.

8 comments:

QueenSH said...
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QueenSH said...

Love the zebra print! I need to pay more attention to Vogue patterns.

Faye Lewis said...

Great job.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great outfit!

Tanya said...

Love the outfit. I use to live in Chicago and try to visit when the weather warms up. Love your crochet hat, if you like funky you might want to check out the Get your crochet on books by Afya Ibomu, I have both and have made a few things from them mostly for my DD. Found your blog on Faye's.

SEWING SHAY said...

Your outfit looks great! Keep up the good work.

Cennetta said...

Work it Mama! I like your little spin on it. This is one I'm going to make up too.

Shameca said...

I remember you wearing that outfit. I had no idea you made it. It looked really good. You have inspired me once again. Maybe I'll get started this week since I'm on spring break.