Two-piece raglan sleeves, how I love thee! V8670

I am more stubborn and hardheaded than pretty much any mule you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. It is for exactly this reason that when I read two out of three reviews saying that Vogue 8670 was NOT a good pattern, it made me that much more determined to do it anyway. How could I not? I had the pattern already, and just look how cute it is!

Image courtesy of Vogue's website

I also have to confess…I am a sucker for raglan sleeves. I don’t know what it is about them, but for some reason they simply suit my body. I have large biceps and a serious hatred of having a wad of fabric in my armpit, and it seems to me that raglan style sleeves do the best job of addressing both of those issues. No clue why, but there it is. I also don’t feel like I need a forward shoulder adjustment with raglan sleeves.

Along with my love for raglan sleeves, I also discovered a love of two-piece sleeves. Now normally, I hate extra seams–especially when they seem pointless. But when I finished the sleeves on this shirt with it’s lovely raglan two-pieced sleeves, the angels began to sing, the fit was so glorious!

So anyway, here’s my review:

Pattern Sizing: Standard for women’s. However, the actual pattern runs big, as noted by other reviewers. I think it seems to be about 1-2 sizes off, depending on the look you are going for.

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? So easy a caveman could do it. 😉

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I didn’t like that the pattern was off on the sizing, but sometimes it just happens.

I L.O.V.E. the two piece sleeve! Between it and the raglan sleeve, I didn’t feel like I should have done a large bicep alteration nor a forward shoulder adjustment, and I am thrilled!

Fabric Used: A really (really!) lightweight sweater knit from It only had crosswise stretch (and not as much as recommended) but it worked fine. Another note: I made this in a size 12, 3/4 sleeve using only 1.5 yards of 60″ wide fabric. I’d suggest going with 1.75, especially if you need to lengthen the sleeves or the bodice, because otherwise the pattern pieces won’t fit very well on the remaining fabric–the sleeves on mine ended up being 1/2″ shorter than they would have been because I didn’t have quite enough fabric. No biggie, since I have short arms, but YMMV.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made view A with 3/4 length sleeves….or did I make view B without the contrast sleeves? Either way, you get the idea. 😉

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan to use it again, probably rather frequently. The sleeves and the bust darts make it a winner, as does the not-quite-skintight fit. I need all the “skimming” I can get!

I would recommend it to others because it’s simple and cute. It’s not perfect right out of the envelope, but none of them are, so just carefully measure the pattern and know that the fit isn’t meant to be skintight. If you take that into account, I think you’ll be pleased with this super-fast, super-easy shirt!

Conclusion: If you like the style, make it. 🙂

OK, so actually, I lied. This sweater isn’t completely finished. It needs a neckband. Why? Because I was debating on whether to make it V-neck or not, since I’ve noticed that v-necks make my face look less round. Suggestions? Would it look OK as a v-neck, or should I just leave it alone? I seriously only have like 20 minutes of sewing left on this thing either way (it’s even hemmed fer Pete’s sake!), but if I don’t finish it, I’ll forget about it. 😉

Vogue 1152~Rebecca Taylor

I traced off the pieces for Vogue 1152, after being inspired by the version that Kristin @ Very Prairie made a while back. I’m going to make it into a top, like she did, but I’m definitely going to raise the neckline a little. For the banquet I’m hoping to finish this for showing that much boob might be frowned upon, and honestly, I’m not sure I’m keen on having quite that much cleavage showing anyway. 😯

A warning: this pattern has A LOT of pieces, so it might not be for the faint of heart! Since it has so much ease (one reviewer said that the envelope indicated she would be a 16 and she made a 12!!) I opted to make a straight 14, though I should probably do a 12 in the shoulders, since I’m just fat, not broad-shouldered. 😉 But, I’m lazy and don’t want to bother with grading it out or making a muslin. I know, I know, this will likely spell disaster, but to have it done in time for Saturday night, I’m going to be rushing a bit to finish it up. Here’s a picture of the fabric I plan to use, it’s a Crepe de Chine as suggested on the pattern:

Sorry the color is a bit off, it’s somewhere between dark teal and hunter green. I think it’ll be pretty, and I’m still trying to decide if I want to do the contrast like they suggest. Currently I’m leaning towards no, but I change my mind about things about every 15 seconds, so who knows what I’ll end up doing. 😉

Vogue Winter 2010

L.O.V.E. a couple of the new Vogue patterns. Don’t know what has caught everyone else’s eye, but these two are seriously calling my name, and I WILL be buying these two in every size so that I can for sure make them up whether or not I lose my extra weight. 😉

First there’s this one–I’m really drawn to the back details:

And then I fell head over heels for this little number….

The best part? According to their little “figure flattery” guide, it looks like both patterns should work well for my rectangular/hourglass figure that I’ve got. Rock on! Something for the rectangles that’s cute and not a shapeless sack!! Yay! 😀

Everything else was kind of a snore-fest, IMO, but it’ll be interesting to see what draws the attention of everyone else. 🙂

Vogue 8251

I had mentioned the other day that I tried to make Vogue 8251 out of some slinky and had major garment fail. I decided to give it another shot, with a more appropriate fabric choice, and I think it turned out pretty cool. I will try to get a better picture of it later, but for now, I’ve got this one:


If you can see the little red arrow, it’s pointing to an area where I need to put in a couple of hand stitches to hold the small hole closed. It’s probably not a big deal, and it’s doubtful anyone else will notice it, but I’ll know it’s there, and I’ll be annoyed with it until I fix it. Also, if you can see them, ignore the purple spots–those are from my marking pen–and they have since been washed out, so they aren’t visible anymore. 🙂

I really like it, the fabric is pretty cute, and hubby likes the way it looks on me, so I guess he approves of me wearing outside the house. I consider that to be a success. 🙂 Here’s some things about the pattern that I didn’t care for though…

*The back needs something to help support it. You could probably put in some clear elastic across the back to give it some body–because all they have you do is overlock the edge and fold it under…I just don’t think that’s a great idea in hindsight, but it’s not something you can easily go back and fix later.

*The directions fail to mention that the back piece ends up being around 4″ shorter than the front piece–you can ease it in with no major difficulties, but I definitely freaked out thinking I’d cut a size 4 instead of a 14 for the back piece there for a bit!

*It’s hard to pull the elastic down the sides, I HIGHLY recommend making sure that you pull the elastic down the casing on the front side first because it’s the one with all the seams and such making it a bit harder to work with when the back side is already done…ask me how I know. 🙄

*I’m not completely happy with the knot detail in the front, I think if I were to make it again I’d maybe fuse some lightweight knit interfacing to give the knot more substance so that it looks prettier in the finished product. Maybe someone else has a better idea though?

*Interface the straps!! The directions leave this out, but I think it makes the finished straps so much nicer looking, as well as preventing some of the stretch that may occur during wear. Just be sure to keep the interfacing out of the seam allowances to save yourself some headache when you are pressing them. I also graded the seams on the straps to help them lay more flat, and would recommend doing that.

Other than that, it’s a nice simple pattern that goes together relatively quickly and looks cute. 🙂 You don’t even need a serger to complete it, since there’s so few opportunities where you could use one anyway.

BTW, Vogue, if you see this, enough with the stupid dots already! It’s kind of hard to place them accurately on a squirmy knit, and some of them didn’t even serve a purpose!

Next up: Simplicity 2403 for a wedding in a couple of weeks. 🙂

What am I thinking?

After reading the Selfish Seamstress’ blog post about making her own jeans, I had to purchase that pattern. So now, I have 3 different jeans patterns to try out, (Vogue 8202, Jalie 2908, and HotPatterns 1036) and not nearly enough courage to bite the bullet. I’m also not sure about the proper degree of stretch denim to use so that they don’t threaten to drop to my ankles by noon. Seems like that’s the problem I’ve had with every pair of RTW stretch jeans that I’ve ever purchased. If only I’d have kept any of them so that I could look and see the fabric content so that I know to avoid that ratio. *sigh* Anyone else have that problem with jeans that stretch too much during the course of the day and you wonder whether you are about to be put in an embarrassing situation?

I also got a nice little “present” from my hubby yesterday. He really knows me well. 🙂

Isn’t that the cutest little sleeve board ever? 🙂 He got it from a store in a neighboring town where they have several of these that are handmade by local people. The people around here are very crafty and make a lot of their own things, which is different, but sometimes in a cool way. 🙂

You’re jealous, I can feel it….

Looky what I got for $12!


Screw you, Vogue and your $20 for an OOP pattern!

So anyway, moving on. 😛 Since DH has officially not been measured yet, nor has he decided whether he really needs or shirts more; I’m taking matters into my own hands and forcing him to be measured tonight and starting on the pants first. So, if you hear something akin to male screaming coming from casa de Couture, it’s because I had to hog-tie him to get his measurements. LOL! 😛

I’ve finally gotten over my case of nerves about starting them–now I’m mostly just looking forward to the challenge. And since we have a ton of snow on the ground right now, it looks like I’ll have ample time to work on them for the next few days. 8) Anyone else ready for Spring?! I know I am!

Well, I’m off to let the Wii kick my butt into a more desirable shape!

Domo Origato Mr. Roboto….

I was looking checking out Amanda’s blog and decided to see if there was anything else on the Vogue website that caught my eye……

Something caught it alright, but I don’t think it was in a good way. This dress immediately make the song Mr. Roboto by Styx jump into my head. What does it conjure up in your mind?

That poor model, I hope she got adequate compensation for that embarrassment.

So, I guess while I’m here, I should go ahead and talk about the ones that I actually do like from the new lineup.

I LOVE this one, and forsee it making it’s way to my closet in the semi-near future:

This one is cute in that “peasant-y” sort of way. Since I covet (but don’t have the courage to wear) this sort of stuff, it’s mostly just eye candy.

I like this one, but I’m not sure if I would like it half as much in a different (non-animal print) fabric.

I like this one too, but am just not sure that it would work out as advertised. I’m seeing the little flap things falling kind of flat. And something about it not being sewn up and put on a model trips some warning bells….

One last thing about Vogue…their “figure flattery” thing is kind of handy, but you know what would make it even better? If you could click on your “shape” and it pulled up the stuff that would work for you. Can you hear me, Vogue?!?!