I’ve been gravitating in a different direction style-wise for a while now. I can’t put my finger on the impetus, baby is certainly a factor, but I have begun to go bonkers over the Tilton Sisters and what I think of as art-teacher-chic. My birthday dress was one of theirs, and when I saw Vogue 8817 I had to have it.
It wasn’t a new release, just one that hadn’t caught my eye before. The colorblocking…the flowing silhouette, the opportunity to really play with fabric: YES.
But, my local JoAnn sucks. I checked their drawers THREE DIFFERENT Vogue sales and they only had the larger size range of this pattern in stock. I finally asked a cashier as I checked out what I could do about my size never being in stock and her suggestion was to buy online. Thanks, that’s really helpful.
I got sick of waiting and hoping it would actually be restocked and DID end up buying online from BMV; I even joined Club BMV for the year to get a bit of a break. Plus, I figured it was a good idea to join with pattern sales being fewer and farther apart since the demise of Hancock Fabrics.
So, I got the pattern in the mail, and made my plan. I wasn’t sure on all of the fabrics, but I KNEW I wanted to use this sparrow fabric from Girl Charlee. I had intended to make a dress with it, but it was far to sheer.
On the first wash and dry it massively shrunk up vertically and grew leaps and bounds vertically. I should have washed it again, but I did not. I really should have just thrown the damn fabric out. After this project, I’m really feeling done with Girl Charlee but I never say never.
The other fabrics used in this were a gray poly/cotton/spandex jersey pre-cut from Fabric Mart and a teal double brushed poly spandex from Fabric.com (which was also used for my Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs, AKA leggings).
This is a great legging pattern, I found it to be true to the size chart, and it’s free if you join their Facebook group! I found it was a bit low rise for my tastes, so I added 1″. Easy peasy. As long as you can find a knit with 50% stretch in both directions, you’re good to go.
Sorry these photos are a little…weird. Not my best angle, but meh. Taking close ups of leggings on my own and trying to leave out the camel toe is a bit of a challenge.
So: the disappointment on this tunic. It’s both fabric and pattern related… It looks like pajamas (as my eye twitches). I wore it in public ONE time and I do not think that will ever happen again. So, guess I’m wearing it to bed. Or burning it.
I accept responsibility for poor fabric choice. I took these photos after washing the completed garment once. The sleeves definitely got shorter, as I do not recall being previously annoyed by them. Bad, bad shrinking crappy fabric.
Sorry for the mishmash of photos. I’ve been taking these with my new tripod, iPhone and a remote bluetooth shutter for a few posts now…and I ran out of space on my phone the first time I tried. I have a 64 GB of storage but still cannot bear to delete photos of Cheeks that are backed up in at least 2 places. Sigh.
But mostly I’m really disappointed in the overall fit and proportion of the pattern itself. The sleeves are an appropriate circumference and fit well, but the armscye is not right; it needs to be decreased and the underarm of the sleeve needs to be raised. The underarm seam should simply not be so friendly with my upper arm.
After finishing it, I considered that going down a size (12 instead of 14) may have been the answer; perhaps that was the reason it didn’t fit well. But I’m not sure the sleeves will be comfortable if I do that. I may go down a size and try an FBA or I might mess with the armscye and see what develops. The more I look at these photos, the more I feel like it’s just a tad big in the shoulders.
I also feel that the whole thing is maybe too long for me, which makes sense since I’m about 5’4″ and these are drafted for women who are 5’6″ or so, and length is not hard to remedy. There’s just something about the proportions…
I really wanted to love this pattern. I was so certain it was going to be my next TNT. I lusted after it and hunted for it for so long. Seriously, ask Nakisha. Ha!
I’m not completely giving up on it, I really feel that it has potential, but I’m stepping away for now…perhaps I’ll try again in the Fall.