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Vogue 1130

This post needs a huge sub-title: not everything that I make works out.  Every now and then I like to push myself out of my comfort zone a little with the styles that I sew.  Just because something did or didn’t suit me once, it doesn’t mean that it won’t suit me (or not) now!  So I gave Vogue 1130 a go.  It’s a DKNY jacket, recently out of print, and it only has two reviews up on Pattern Review.

Vogue 1130 DKNY jacket

I rather enjoyed sewing this. The fabric is a knit jacquard from Darn Cheap Fabrics. The overall shape is loose through the shoulder and body, but fitted across the bust and through the empire waist. The skirt pieces are given fullness with loads of tiny tucks.

Vogue 1130 DKNY jacket

There is also super clever shaping that incorporates front and back princess seams with underarm gussets. And the front and neckline bands are very nicely shaped too. It is unlined, other than the inside waist piece, and closes down the front with snaps. I used my overlocker for most of the construction, but basting and stitching in the ditch done by machine.

Vogue 1130 DKNY jacket

Overall this was an enjoyable sew. I really liked the jacquard fabric too, although it wasn’t in my usual palette. Once I finished it, I put it on. Yes, it fitted. But I looked SO middle-aged and SO dumpy and SO frumpy! Absolutely not the style or the colour for me. So I gave it to my much taller friend Rachael (who has been the happy recipient of some of my other makes in the past) who also has quite different colouring.

Vogue 1130 DKNY jacket

Despite not feeling very comfortable with modelling for the blog, she really likes her new jacket, and I have seen her wearing it in public more than once! The blue/purple colour is just perfect for her eyes and skin and hair tone. So I’m glad that I did give something out of my usual comfort zone a try, even if it didn’t work for me.

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7 thoughts on “Vogue 1130

  1. Even though I’m disappointed when things don’t work out, part of the fun of sewing is being adventurous and trying new styles. And sometimes they do work out! It’s still a beautiful jacket and looks great on your friend:)

  2. Isn’t this the most divine fabric? I bought the purple from Darny and it’s one of the fabrics that inspired me to learn to sew with knits – I made a pencil skirt from it (self drafted, pre blog). Also was keen to see your Elle style arc pants too – saw your funky printed ones pop up on their gallery. Worth a go you think? Do the sizes run big, small or average? I’m an 8 by their measurements (normally 10-12 Aussie pants) so thought their sizing might be American based…. Cheers! Sarah

    1. Hi there Sarah – sorry I took a little while to answer this one! I buy the same size in StyleARC as I buy at the shops, depending on whether the fabric I will be using has stretch or not. I usually go for size 10 pants and size 12 tops/dresses, although have been known to order one size up depending on the garment style. By their measurements I am closest to a 12 top (bust measurement) and a 10 pant (hip measurement) – my waist measurement is size 16 according to them, which is a usual size distribution for me. I’d give size 8 a go if that is what they say you are! Regards, Lara

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