Often it’s another blogger who draws my attention to a pattern that I had previously overlooked. I usually try to focus on the line drawings when I’m looking at patterns, because those models wearing the garments – whether photographs or illustrations – don’t look anything like me! But this pattern hunting technique means that I don’t always spot patterns that might work for me. So I always appreciate seeing patterns made up on “everyday” people. I’ve just had success with a Vogue dress pattern that I might not have otherwise considered if I hadn’t seen it made up so beautifully on a number of bloggers – a blog post coming up on that one soon. However, Vogue 1306 is a pattern that I bought for the line drawing.
The fabric is a slub cotton/lycra jersey that I think I found at Darn Cheap, although I can no longer remember with certainty. It is very thin and light. I really love the colour, but it tends to stick to whatever clothing is underneath a little too much for my liking. The pattern has underbust gathers – which is great when you are waistless – and an interesting front placket. I accidentally made the front placket more interesting by attaching it with raw edges to the centre. Whoops. Although a friend complimented that “design feature” when I wore it yesterday, so it’s probably alright after all. The hem is a “mullet” hem – higher in the front, lower in the back. I secured it and the sleeve hems with Lite Steam’a'Seam before twin needling them in place. (I’m out of my preferred Vliesofix tape at the moment – sob! Need to find a good online supplier).
I used size Medium for this, which I did need through the bust, but I think that the shoulders are too large. And as much as I love the colour, and as comfortable as it was to wear, I’m not feeling the love for this top. Although I might give one of the other views a try. It is difficult to put my finger on what is wrong with it, but I think that it just isn’t “me”. My husband didn’t like it much on me either.
Looks as though this one might go to the friend who complimented the “design feature”!