Two Tops in One (Pattern Review)

From time to time I like choosing Vogue Patterns* to make garments. It might be because Vogue patterns promote more known designers or they have a certain aesthetic for the samples and pattern envelope pictures that makes the patterns modern and elegant. I have no idea why, I just seem to place designer lines from Vogue Patterns* in the elegant and modern category when it comes to their garments.

When I was asked to test the feathers microfibre crepe* by the Minerva Team, I knew I had a winning combination in pairing the fabric with Tom and Linda Platt Vogue V1665*.

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When I picked the fabric I thought that the fabric only has one border of feathers on one side. When I got the fabric, I discovered that it was not very wide and it has four columns of feathers. It almost made me think to use a different pattern, especially since when placing the fabric on the fold of the fabric the direction of the pattern was not going vertically as I wanted. However, my mind was already set on this pattern so I hacked it a little by cutting the pattern on the cross-grain to achieve the look I wanted.

The back and the front pattern pieces are exactly the same and the top is made out of one piece of fabric, which was not possible for me to cut as one, once I changed the placement of the pattern piece on the fabric, I added a seam on the folded edge.

With only two pieces, I made the top in no time. Maybe having a seam on the folded edge affected the drape a little but the top is super comfy to wear. You might have spotted that I folded the fabric on the cross-grain. As a result, one of the sides is upside down. Luckily the directionality of the print on the fabric works both ways. And that’s how I ended up with a two-in-one top.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Vogue V1665*- Tom and Linda Platt – Loose-fitting top have an asymmetrical hemline and lingerie guards. Semi-fitted skirt has back princess seams, centre back slit and narrow waistband. Semi-fitted pants have side front and side back seams with topstitched seam detail, back zipper and tapered legs.

Sizing: 6-8-10-12-14 and 14-16-18-20-22

Fabric: 2 m of feathers microfibre crepe*

Notions: none for the top.

Modifications: I cut a size 14. Pattern requires 1 piece to be cut on the fold. However, the directionality of the print and the width of the fabric I chose, meant that to get the look I was after it was better to cut two pieces on the bias and added a seam allowance on the folded edge.

Instructions: I did not use them apart from checking the seam allowance. The top is very simple.

Fit: good.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes

Watch out for: n/a

Make Again?: yes. The tops is simple and very versatile.

For more details about my thoughts about working with this fabric please check out the link here*.



    • Thanks Linda. I know what you mean, sometimes the fabrics they use on the samples on the pattern envelope are not the best to inspire people to make them.

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