Friday, March 27, 2015

Vogue 8499 finis!

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know I love Marcy Tilton's designs but they rarely work for me, something about the neckline fit. This time I scored! I know you are looking at a basic black linen skirt but it does have it's details and I love it. I can't wait for the weather to warm and to wear it with a sleeveless off white tunic I have, a lot less structured look than what I show here and a more summery vibe. There is a lot to like about this pattern: quick, easy, and a bit of sewing and fashion detail. Sorry for the over corrected photos. You know how black is. 
Pattern:

This is Vogue 8499, a Marcy Tilton design. The pattern consists of three funky designs, two pants and the skirt. The skirt has large kangaroo pockets that I left off but the next version will have them. From pictures I've seen they add a nice weight to the skirt and "pull down" the fabric. This design is easy-peasy and can easily be made in an afternoon.

Fabric:
This is 100% black linen from who knows where. It is a nice bottom weight. I LOVE LINEN. It truly is my favorite fabric to sew and wear, so comfortable! It is a fabric that just gets better with time, the more you wash it the better it feels. There is no lining here. 


Construction:

The hem is stitched by machine. It's about an inch deep and I used my "lightening" stitch to sew it down. I plan to wash and wear my linens a lot and over compensate on the stitching, no regrets. Above you can see how the lower 4 inches of the  hem curves in at the four side seams, kind of cool. It's not an overblown bubble look, just a hint of curve. All the seams got stitched, then serged, pressed to the side and topstitched. Rugged! I did draw in a slight upward curve on the hem of the center front panel but truthfully, it barely shows. Next time I will do the hem as suggested. 

This skirt has a zipper in the back yet still has an elascticized waistband. It's OK but next time I will put in a couple of darts and cut back the fullness in the top third of the skirt. There's a zipper in there so why not? I think it will give a slimmer line, but given that I will most likely wear an overblouse with this skirt, the elastic waist is not a biggy deal. I did not follow the direction for the wiastband, choosing instead just to serge the edge and fold over and stitch. 

In conclusion:

I will definitely make this again and will try the pockets and darting the waist. I highly recommend this for a summer skirt. Now that it is done, seams pressed, etc. I will throw it in the wash to give it the beloved blistery look of much loved linen clothing. This pattern is simple, quick, has a bit of style and was fun to make. 

ETA: I decided to add the information on the blouse for those who asked. I did put it in the comments section but can make it linkable here. Here are the posts on the blouse as I made a big change to the design. 


Leave it to a white shirt to upstage a black skirt!

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This "Mag Eyes",  which I won in a contest by Sigrid way back when blogging was newer,  has been a Godsend in my beading/ weaving upstart. Those beading needles are a bitch to thread, thick thread and the world's tiniest eyes! This has saved my life. At loom class, two of the "professional" beaders showed up with high tech versions like the dentist uses, very expensive but that is how they make their living. I will have to check and see if my daughter has any castaways!...........Bunny





16 comments:

  1. Can you give us info on your blouse also? Love it with the skirt!

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    1. I will get that for you. I had a feeling someone might ask. I am at work so will add that info a bit later.

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  2. Oh, good. It's a great blouse. I almost always admire how Marcy's patterns look on the models then I look at how over sized they are and know that doesn't work for me. I'm too curvy for most of them and you are too petite. This one is a nice balance; interesting without being over the top on ease.

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  3. Gorgeous! I am loving that skirt. Hmmm...might have to make one for mom!

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    1. It's so easy. One afternoon and you are done. Go for it!

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  4. And I'll shave a bit of that ease off the next time,too, Nancy.

    OK, for those interested the blouse is McCall's 6076. Be aware that I added the godet in the back to camouflage my lack of matching the pattern on the back bodice. In the end I think the godet made the shirt and I have worn this a lot. This is one of my TNT patterns. It has a great cut on collar that is so easy.

    Here is a link to the finished post of that blouse:
    http://lasewist.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-oopsie-shirt-done-good.html

    Further back there is a post on how I did the godet in the back:
    http://lasewist.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-oopsie-saved.html


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  5. I'm planning to make the skirt soon and am glad to read about your experience with the pattern. I have made the pants and did as you plan to next time - eliminated the elastic in the back, inserted a zipper and added a narrow waistband. I took 4-6 inches of width out of the pants - they are HUGE.

    Here is a link to the finished pants. http://wardrobebysewing.blogspot.ca/2015/02/out-of-ordinary.html

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    1. Those look really nice without all that extra fullness. That's a LOT of design ease!

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  6. I'm glad I can access your blog again - I couldn't get through at one point - technology! I do so much enjoy your sewing - always good, and always professional. The shirt is wonderful, and I look forward to your next post on it.

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    1. Glad you got through this time. Thanks, Sarah.

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  7. I love linen as well. What a great skirt you've made. I love the extra details that you've added to the seams to make the rugged and durable! Odd that they have elastic as well as a zipper. This looks like a skirt that will get worn a lot! So cute!

    I couldn't live without my Mag Eyes either - such a life saver for my senior eyes. LOL!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I know this will be a staple in my summer wardrobe.

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  8. Really cool looking skirt, Bunny...love the curves at the hem edges. I'm impressed that you top stitched that area so beautifully, too. Nice touch!
    I just bought myself a lime green linen top with a cool chain zipper toggle & can't wait for it to warm up a bit so I can wear it someplace.
    I have a pair of MAG eyes but not those fancy ones...very helpful as our eyes age & we sew during the winter months.
    Thanks for sharing your tips on the construction of this very versatile pattern

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    1. Thanks, Faye. I am such a wacko for white shirts and can never have enough. I guess I am a glutton for ironing.

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