Handmade by Carolyn, who, as just one of her many talents, has made some wonderful clothing out of scraps and castoffs (for a few examples, see here, here, here, and here). It is because of Carolyn that I now have a large plastic tub filled with discarded clothing that has the potential - maybe - of becoming something else.
Vogue 8854. I've seen several appealing versions of this top made up, some using a more drapey knit, some more stiff. I really wanted to make the hooded version, but as I've said before, when you are making something out of something else, you never have quite as much fabric as you thought you would. In this case, there was an embroidered and appliquéd design on part of both the top and the skirt that was very worn and unsalvageable, and had to be cut away and discarded, leaving me with minimal fabric. So I went with view B instead.
As far as the pattern goes, I made a medium, which corresponds to a size 12-14. I did add one inch width to each of the side pieces, tapering out from under the arm. I also added one inch of length to the back hem, tapering to nothing on the side seam so that front and back would still match. I liked that bit of high-low and the longer bottom coverage helps keep my seat warm:) This top has a shirttail shaped hem, which I had not done before, but the instructions on how to do it were excellent and worked, even on this extremely bulky fabric.
|Side view of the shirt tail hem|
The collar can be worn up or down, but if you plan to wear it up, you probably will need to cut the height down. I have a long neck, and when the collar is extended it is up under my chin. When it is extended you can see the pretty button I used to fasten it, but I omitted the snaps on the collar because 99% of the time, I'm going to wear the collar in the down position.
The sleeves are reused from the original top, so I can't comment on how the pattern sleeves do. Because of converting already sewn up pieces of clothing, there are extra seams on my top - some in less than ideal places. Here you can see - if you squint through the blur - the double shoulder seams:
my coat used up all my sewing time. That's okay; I'm trying to enjoy the process of my sewing/crafting and keep it pressure-free. I have to confess that I have just started a project that is definitely NOT pressure-free: a formal dress for my daughter. I will be working on that for the next few weeks -- wish me luck!
In the meantime, I hope all my U.S. friends are keeping warm. Even here in Texas we are planning to be holed up for the next couple of days. I hope to get in some sewing, cooking and maybe even a jigsaw puzzle:)