Thursday, August 9, 2018

Petiting Vogue 1515

This is a sneak peak of the fabric I used for the second version of Vogue1515. You can see this one coming down the road, can't you? But you know how I love to mix prints and do it fairly often and almost always with children's clothing. When I was reorganizing the new studio this two fabrics ended up being neighbors by accident and it was kismet. I had to do something that involved them both. Vogue 1515 is it!  Now to how to petite this pattern:

The first thing I did was cut the smallest size, Size A. The body measurements for Betzina's Size A are a couple of inches smaller than mine other than the waist but there is massive ease in this design and Size B was way too large. Then I did my usual petiting. This means removing length across the front  and back bodices. I am five feet tall, fairly proportional lengthwise and take out 3/4s of an inch by doing a 3/8th inch fold across the bodices usually right below the notches. That area usually keeps the shortening from interfering with necklines and other details but you can move it where it works best for you. Obviously if you carry your shortness below the bust you would make this adjustment there.

By using the Size A an additional 3/4 inch total came out of the shoulder seam. Add that to the petite adjustment and you have 1 1/2  inches in length removed from the incredibly low original armhole front and back. That takes care of that armhole business. Now for all that ease. I like the ease and it is part of the design but it was way too wide for my narrow torso. At the side seam under the arm I went in one inch from the cutting line on both front and back and angled that out to the original hem. I drew that in but before cutting the piece I folded in the dart so that when I cut it came out with the right angles as you can see above. On the original black linen top I added an inch in length as many PR reviewers suggested adding up to three inches in length. I guess they are not petites! I added nothing to this one and it should be fine.

Here's a little peekaboo for you. It will be a few days before I get to  model these for you as we have some commitments happening but I am looking forward to it. It has been fun doing these tops and I may even make another...................Bunny


My husband and I have really been enjoying the beauty of New Hampshire since we have returned. This is from the White Mountain National Park and is the famous Kancamangus Highway. It is one of the prettiest places in the country. While this is a national park, we've made a bucket list of every state park in New Hampshire and are on our way!...Bunny


  1. Hi there Darling Bunny, Thank you so much for this posting. I particularly enjoy that you talk us through and show us the pattern alterations you make along the way. I suffer such angst when I start trying to deviate from the pattern. I get there in the end, but I know that you would do it all in a flash!
    Thank you for your blog and your expertise and inspiration, which makes me give things a go! Happy weekend.

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Marysia. Would you believe I've started a third version of this top, kindof sortof. I am using a different pattern completely, a Cynthia Rowley design, but changing up the collar a bit and adding it to Rowley's design. It's been a fun journey. Making this design three times has really brought my skills and confidence back. This colorful one came out better than I thought. I can't wait to share. I have been so blessed to be able to have so much time to sew since the move if finally complete. Thank goodness for that!

    2. Forgive my typos. It's very late and I'm whooped.


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