Have you met Mrs Mole? She is a professional seamstress who makes and alters wedding dresses – around 80 already this season! She generously shares lots of useful information and offers hilarious insights about the brides, their mothers and how she tackles their egos as well as their tulle. She has just started a special Saturday feature where hapless amateurs admit to what happened when they made up a particular pattern. I admitted I had an item in my pyjama drawer that fitted the “Sew Bad” criteria. Today the true tale of Vogue 1247 can be told.
Why did you pick this pattern?
I picked Vogue 1247, a Rachel Comey pattern, because lots of bloggers had made it up, and loved it. SewRuth, Did you make that? and Sew Busy Lizzie to name just three. I bought it for the skirt, which is nice basic A line with interesting apron pockets. I have made up three times. However I don’t like to see a pattern go to waste, and am interested in learning new techniques, so I thought I would make this up. It has French seams throughout. I usually like Kimono sleeves and this pattern has them, with cuffs.
What size did you think you were according to their envelope numbers?
I am a size 10 according to the pattern envelope. I measured the pattern pieces and thought this would drown me.
What size did you cut and did you alter before cutting?
I cut out the smallest size, the size 6, flaring out to a 10 at the hips. Even so I shaped the side seams to create the semblance of a waist.
Did you encounter difficulties others would like to avoid?
Its actually quite fun to make, especially joining up six sections to make the front. It is a bit like the union jack! The main issue is the huge amount of ease, and for me, the very unflattering design. The curved hem seems to emphasise the size of my hips and thighs in an unhelpful way too.
Is there anything in the photos we cannot see that you wanted us to know about?
The photographs do not lie. There are no fastenings so it doesn’t gape and is pulled on over the head like a T shirt.
Is this garment wearable with tweaking or not?
I think it is probably a good pattern if you
- are bigger at the top than at the bottom
- suit V necks
- like your clothes to billow about the body
- enjoy patchwork but don’t get the time
- are in the first trimester and don’t want to tell people yet
Thumbs up or thumbs down on buying this? Worth the effort?
I don’t think this works as a “set” with the skirt. I have noticed people using the top pattern and hating the skirt and vice versa. The very short skirt is ideal for a youthful figure (or lengthen and wear tights), the top, well? I think it would not be out of place on my dentist, or an intensive care nurse. Woe betide the person who made it up in green.
Do you want to make any suggestions on how to “make it work” or is it beyond that?
Lie on the operating table, breathe deeply and count from 10 to zero.