Monday, February 2, 2015

January MAGAM Done - Thank Goodness!

I am happy to say this garment is finally done and it was a dud!


I had high hopes for Vogue 8834 a Katherine Tilton pattern, but was sadly disappointed.  Of course I opted not to make a muslin first and instead just decided to dive right in.  If I had made a muslin, I would have thrown both it and the pattern away without further thought.

The back of the garment was fairly roomy - not huge, but enough to move around and be comfortable.



However the front just pulls at the bustline - and I'm not overly busty to start with!


The collar on the pattern is supposed to be just a single layer with the wrong side of the fabric showing, but I opted to do a doubled collar instead.  Of course I spent extra time lining up all of those lines and trimming away the excess material on the double turned facing.....


See - look how well the lines intersect!



Only to be disappointed with the front - My lines are off just enough to be annoying.  My mish-mash of buttons adds a little interest to the front.

But that big floppy collar lays funny and your bra strap ends up showing.

And the sleeve has just too much in the back of the arm.  See that extra fabric just sticking out in the back?


As you can tell, this top is not a winner for me and I'll probably never wear it.  It was so annoying with the collar flopping everywhere and constantly readjusting it just for these photos, that it would probably drive me crazy if I had to wear it all day!  Oh well - you win some and you loose some!

Note to self - next time - make a muslin!

One good thing did come out of this experience though - it was yet another stashbuster and this one consumed 2 & 5/8 yards bringing my YTD total to 4.25 yards.  A slow start to the year, but it all counts!

That's it for me today - onto the next project that will hopefully be a better one!

Happy Sewing everyone!

Star



16 comments:

  1. I have found collars on most Tilton patterns to be just awful. They have been designed to have this careless, floppy look which makes it difficult to get a decent fit which bugs the heck out of me. I have thrown out more than one Tilton pattern. You are not alone. I feel your pain.

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  2. I have had this same issue of pulling on the bust near the front armpits on the last two Vogue patterns I've made (8935 and 8945 - I haven't posted either yet). I couldn't figure out why. The back fit fine and if I need to do an FBA then there is something wrong:) I finally pulled a Butterick pattern (5706) out that I knew fit me and compared. The back was the same, but the front armhole on the Vogues was lower. I don't know exactly what to do with this information. If I redraw the armhole then I would probably need to redraw the sleeve, too. But I'm going to check the next Vogue with sleeves against that Butterick pattern before I make it up!

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    1. Thanks. Glad to know I'm not alone here. People would laugh if I said I needed to do an FBA!

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  3. I don't think either of the Tilton's has a pattern making background - most of their garments are hugely oversized. It does look flat over the bust. I think you have done a great job of the stripes, and no-one will notice they are slightly off if you choose to wear it.

    I can understand what you mean though - some patterns are destined for the bin. So I feel for you - but if you ever go to anything arty, this might come in handy!

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    1. Thanks SarahLiz. I agree with the Tilton comment too. I will keep this in mind for something artsy.

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  4. Well done for preserving even if it's not a winner there's always something to learn in the process of making it. I like the idea of using a mix of buttons it's an effective way of adding interest.

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  5. Oh, you did some fierce stripe matching there! Too bad that it doesn't work but at least this wasn't super precious fabric!

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  6. What a pity this didn't work out. I hope if you are ditching this that you will retrieve all those fabulous buttons first! We all have duds; makes us appreciate the good ones all the more :)x

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    1. Thanks Dawn. I might give it one wear as a trial but bring a spare shirt in case it is totally driving me crazy. Will definitely save the buttons if I bin it!

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  7. Let's face it, although Vogue does not use plus-sized models for Katherine Tilton's designs, most of them are designed for a plus sized figure. You are not such a person, and the garment overwhelms your figure. You executed it exceedingly well, but the project was doomed from the start.

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    1. Thanks Ann. I truly appreciate your comments. I really like the style of the Tilton designs but I should consider my body shape before making the next one. Definitely a muslin for the next Tilton design.

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  8. try try agin says my grandaughter. I so admire how you lined up all the stripes. I totally agree with your bra strap issue, too.

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    1. Thanks. I shall take your granddaughters advice in the future.

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