Vogue 1255

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What does this look like to you?  If you’re thinking “nightgown”  you aren’t alone.  **big sigh**

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I haven’t sewn something this fussy in many years, not since I was sewing heirloom baby dresses.  This wadder is the result of an unfortunate fabric choice.

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Okay, this really is a nice shirt, it’s not hard to get a good fit, it’s supposed to be loose-fitting, and the “devil is in the details”. There are tucks, ruffles, gathering, encased elastic, self ties, AND real sleeve plackets.  The pattern is rated as “Average”, and I’d agree with that.  There’s nothing too terribly difficult about the garment itself, but just placing all the embellishments can get tedious (for me, at least) and very time-consuming.

Here is a list of my recommendations if you’re considering sewing this shirt:

Use pre-gathered bias strips for the ruffles  The pattern uses actual pattern pieces, which are bias strips, that you cut out, stitch gathering stitches, and then pull the gathering threads to make ruffles which you then fit between marked points.   I can never get even ruffles this way.  I recommend cutting one long bias strip to use for all ruffles.  

Don’t use lightweight linen (my opinion only) even though the pattern envelope recommends it.  Stick with silk crepe or charmeuse.

If you’re shorter than 5’9”, test fit the hem band before adding it on.  I’m 5’4”, and I could have done without it.  The addition of the hem band on me made the whole look a bit too long.

Lastly, it’s of utmost importance that you accurately transfer all pattern marks to your fabric.  You’ll need to take extra care doing this if you use a better fabric.  I don’t recommend using pens or tracing wheels on fine fabrics (unless you test first). 

Here’s the end disappointment on me, just so you don’t think I’m fibbing:

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The linen just isn’t lightweight enough (even though it’s see-through, so I could never wear this as a dress) to keep it from bunching away from the body where the ties come together.

Yeah, I won’t make this again.  I’m quite happy to have it off my sewing table so I can move on to other projects.

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  1. Oh, I’m sorry it didn’t work out after all the work on the details! But are you sure it’s not wearable? What about wearing it with light pants so the colours underneath the linen are continuous? I’m not familiar with the pattern, but could you slide the bunches at the sides around evenly so the fabric isn’t all stuck at the sides?

  2. This is so beautifully done- I must admit that I am terrified to attempt this pattern- so many bias strips?!
    Luckilly, it just isn’t a flattering shape for me- so I can skip it and admire yours.

  3. I think it’s lovely!! well it could be. cut it off to shirt length and get rid of the tie thing (which is not flattering – I agree) but it could be a real pretty shirt/top/blouse thingy…..couldn’t it?

    • Chris
    • April 27th, 2012

    I know that feeling – sewing something that ends up being not my style. sigh! thank you for posting this – we can all relate!

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