Sunday, 15 September 2013

Very Vexing Vogue 1247

Things are not always rosy in BusyLizzie-land. Do you ever have an idea in your head and it looks really good, but in reality it is just rubbish. This make is a big, big FAIL!!

Vogue 1247

I have always admired the lovely pattern detail on the top of Vogue 1247, I love the seam detailing on the front and thought it would be an interesting make as well as I thought it would be a nice comfy weekend top with jeans. Well, I was right on one count, it was interesting to make but I think it is the most unflattering thing I have made in ages!! The top is all constructed with french seams and it has a six pattern pieces to the front with diagonal seaming detail as well as shoulder pleating.

Vogue 1247

I think my biggest problem with it is how boxy it is. It is supposed to fall from my shoulders, but I think because my shoulders are narrower than the rest of my body, the concept of the design really didn't work. It just kinda looks blergh :( 
Vogue 1247

No, I am not fishing for compliments and comments of how it looks fine - I know it looks bad, but thought it was important to share with you the fails as well as the good.

Vogue 1247

I think it looks ok from the back, but really can't walk everywhere backwards to avoid a front view.

Oh well, live and learn. Onto the next project. Anyone want a copy of Vogue 1247 cut out to a size 14? Seriously, never going to make this again, NEVER.

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  1. Hey darling, i hate to agree but this doesn't do anything for you. You are too cool for frumpy tops. I like the fabric. Maybe saveable?

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    1. Nah, not worth saving - I have 1m left of the fabric, will make a Sencha I think, at least I know I like that one!

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  2. Well, I have to say, I love this pattern, but it takes a million alterations to make mine not do all the things that don't work on me- everytime I make one I forget that it's majorly low cut, needs less upper body ease and just a million tweaks. Its a fun thing to sew tho, right?

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    1. Hmm, weird, mine is not low cut at all, anyway, I think I have more issues than that! It was definitely interesting to see how all the pieces went together though

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  3. Such a shame of time and effort! save the fabric and move on, back to beautiful dresses for you my dear!!

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    1. Not to worry, agree back to pretty dresses! :)

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  4. I just bought this pattern too! I've got narrow shoulders, maybe its worth going back to and tweaking a little?

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    1. Nope, for me, no point in flogging a dead horse!! Plenty more patterns out there to keep me happy :)

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  5. Ohh !! It is such a disappointment if a project fails :( you had managed to use a similar print fabric too..

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    1. It's all good, I still have fabric left!!

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  6. Hmmm... It does look OK from the back, but sometimes it's just now worth it going back to try and fix it. Too bad about the fabric though, it's really cute. Better luck with your next project!

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    1. thanks, disappointing but anyway c'est la vie

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  7. But you're so cute, even when you're pouting!

    You know, I've never been a big fan of this pattern no matter what body I've seen it on, although I know a lot of people are crazy about it. I also think the Sewing Gods do this once in a while to keep us humble! It certainly has happened to me enough times!

    And I'm a big fan of keeping it real - it's not realistic to expect every single thing to turn out great, but it's so easy to think they should when all we see on blogs is the great stuff! So thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks, I hate when things don't work out, but still it has happened just get over it and move on. At least the fabric was only $5 :)

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  8. The fabric is cute. Can you save it?

    The most annoying thing about sewing is that you can't try it on beforehand! Boo! Thanks for sharing though. At least I'm not the only one.

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    1. I have more fabric and it was only $5 so not too worried. I am treating it as a muslin - good thing I didn't use anything pricey!

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  9. Oh that pouting one has made my Monday!!! Thank you :P

    Save the fabric and move on to bigger and better things. Sewing disasters make the successes more sweet.

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    1. Glad I could entertain you!! :)
      Have moved on to a Sloppy Josephine & a vintage dress :) much better

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  10. I made this same top last week and I have to admit it was a BIG FAIL for me too. I think you need wide shoulders for this style as you mentioned. I am so disappointed with mine as well because I was so happy with all my points meeting etc etc. I will still wear mine on a hot steamy day at home because I made it in soft linen which is very cool but you won't see me in public wearing it. This just adds to my dislike of Vogue patterns and their weird sizing.

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    1. It would be a lovely top in linen, the detailing would really show up well. I normally like Vogue but agree their sizing is weird

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  11. It's important to share your fails, to learn from them and also, well, to warn the rest of us, hehe! I bought this pattern too, mostly for the skirt but I have seen a couple of good versions of the top, still I was sceptical...If I try the top I will be sure to make in a fabric that I won't cry over if it all goes wrong ;)

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    1. I am not sure I like the skirt for me, it's pretty short! Definitely make a muslin first - good luck!

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  12. Oh Lizzie. I was about to try this pattern for our hot, humid summers but now I'm scared again. The boxy aspect to this top is what gives me the heebi geebies. The skirt I love and will try it.
    But having said that I'm still going to try the top too, like you have done, because a bit of strategic fitting might help.
    I will follow your lead and use a very soft fabric first :)

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  13. Oh I love these photos! Your face in that second one is gold. Bummer about the top not working out. It sucks getting to the end of a project and it looking crap. I do like the fabric though.

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    1. The fabric is from Spotlight believe it or not, just a cheap poly, good for a trial garment

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  14. Oh noes! On the plus side the fabric is fierce and your hair continues to rock my world! Time to get that AH cherry print out, I say ;)

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    1. I haven't decided what to do with the cherry print yet - I think I bought 2.5m - perhaps a floaty dress - any thoughts??

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  15. I made this pattern a few weeks ago and it did take quite a few modifications to get it fitting me in a way that I liked. It is indeed super boxy, I was having problems because as I took in the side seams to give more shape is messes with the draping from the shoulders and then ugh, you've got another problem to deal with! I still wouldn't say it is the most flattering I've ever made, it is quite comfortable to wear with jeans (heres the post if you're interested http://www.carrie.dansm.net/?p=1825)

    The fabric is really cute though! I'm glad to hear it was only $5...I love me some cheap cute muslin-ing fabrics!

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    1. I checked out your top, it is heaps nicer than mine :) and hangs beautifully. Oh well, different body types I guess.

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  16. I made this one. On the second go, I took out the pleats on the shoulder. Then I taped all the fiddly small parts together so I wouldn't have to worry about all those seams again. Finally I rotated the darts to the side. So now it doesn't look like the original top, still isn't 'flattering' but it's comfortable and easy to sew.

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  17. Such a shame! My top is in super incredibly drapey rayon and I adore it. I get lots of compliments. What surprises me is how high the neckline is on yours. My top swims on me and I have to wear a singlet on it but it's lovely anyway. Your fabric looks like it's got much more structure than my rayon - but if you hate it - you hate it!

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