Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Vogue 1440

 This top is from Vogue 1440, a Donna Karan design that I gushed about here.  I really think this little blouse is the highlight of that pattern, not the jacket thing.   (I promise my hems match up!! - drives me nuts when that happens in photos)



The only change I made was to make the darts about twice as wide at the bottom, tapering to the bust point.  It was just a smidge too tent-like as drafted.  I think it still has a nice fluid shape while helping me avoid pregnancy questions.
 I adore the back detail.  I'm not usually a fan of racer-back styles on me, but I think this looks fine, and the seams are just really different.
Everything is finished beautifully, too, both inside and outside (thanks to the pattern instructions).  There is a fair amount of top-stitching, which you can't see well on mine since it is white on white.  My fabric is a cotton/linen from JoAnn's.  It was nice and cool to wear yesterday (it's 90 degrees this week already!)

Oops, you can see my cami a bit on the right up there. I wore this with a nude X-back adjustable bra and a cami that I retrofitted for this top by tying the straps together with some heavy duty thread. ;-)  I think I would have been fine without a cami, but the shirt was see-through enough that there was a distracting line where my black pants started.  I'll have to experiment with an outfit that wouldn't require a layer underneath, to maximize the cool cotton/linen factor.

I also like the detail of the covered button placket.  The only interfacing is in the collar and collar stand.  I used silk organza, and it lays very nicely, definitely the best result I've had with a collared shirt behaving.  I'm glad I didn't use fusible.
This pattern is definitely a "win."  I think I'll try it tucked into a skirt, also, and see if the volume isn't too much.  That would be a great, cool summer look.  It's all about staying cool on the bike rides for school pickup now. :-)

11 comments:

  1. It's fantastic! A really beautiful top!!

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  2. I like it! And I appreciate the silk organza tip. I was just wondering what to do for a lightweight fabric that needs some interfacing.

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  3. The back looks great on you! People will be asking where you got this.

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  4. Fabulous shirt - the back detail really takes it up a notch!

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  5. That is a great top, and I like your alterations. The back really is so cool. Thanks for the review!

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  6. Very, very pretty Jenny!! I just completed a muslin of this in red gauze. I wanted white too for the summer but was concerned about cutting into my good fabric first. I agree with you the pattern is a little to wide of an "A" line. Yours turned out great through...love it!!

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  7. Love it! The back detail is awesome!

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  8. You are right. The blouse is the feature of this pattern. It's the back shoulder detailing that I love too.
    You've done a great job this this blouse.

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  9. Thanks for you review. The blouse is the reason I bought the pattern. Love the lines of it. Your blouse looks fabulous.

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  10. Thanks for you review. The blouse is the reason I bought the pattern. Love the lines of it. Your blouse looks fabulous.

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  11. Looks fantastic. I gotta make this top, the back is so interesting

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