Let’s finish the year with something easy and festive. I cut this top out before Christmas, but I’ve been so busy (like everyone) that I spent only 5-10 minutes a day on it. I’m not fond of the skirt (I have wide hips), but the top looked simple (and I thought it would be done to wear Christmas day).
Vogue 1567 is a close-fitting top with dolman sleeves (wow – haven’t seen them in a while). With only two pattern pieces, the emphasis is on the fabric and construction. I chose a poly stretch velvet in green (Sage Shimmer Velvet) from Marcy Tilton. It’s sold out of course. It’s knit, with no rolling and easy to sew.
The pattern itself is fairly simple and the instructions are fine. I made several construction choices to make it my own.
- Instead of double stitched hems, I stitched the seams on my straight stitch machine (pulling lightly as I stitched). I finished all seams on the serger. I’m not confident in sewing a straight line with a 5/8ths seam on the serger – though I am with the 3/8ths – has to do with the cutting knife position on the one I bought.
- In the directions, the back facing, sleeves and hem are all turned under 1/4 inch and then top-stitched with two rows of stitching. I didn’t turn under any of these edges; rather, I finished the edges with the serger for a less bulky finish with the velvet. I only top stitched the back v to give it more stability and reduce stretching. I wanted a softer hem on the sleeves and waist, sew I hand-sewed these hems.
- I will likely take in the neckline a bit (1/2 inch each side), the neck is very wide, and I don’t think I did it quite right (see below). I will also add lingerie straps.
- I added my customary 1.5 inches in the torso for being long waisted.
So, I have never quite gotten the technique right for the fold-over facing on these type tops. Something is always out of whack for me. I followed the instructions carefully, and lined up my notches, but the shoulder seams seem slightly off (see the picture). Hard to describe, but the front facing is turned tot he outside, along the fold line, over back, basted, then stitched. Then you turn the front facing to inside along the fold line, and press lightly. Anyway, they are always a bit wonky.
This was my inspiration top: a Vince Camuto velvet boxy top in green I found on Nordstrom. I like mine better!
I’m pleased with the top. I’ll post a picture of me in it with the skirt I’m making to go with it. I might make another one, but the sewing agenda for the new year is quite ambitious. Right off the top: a coat for DH, two dresses for my niece, two skirts, another top, and two dresses….
And my version, complete: