My Own Flock of Seagulls (V1387)

I’ve only got a few days left before we leave for our cruise (cue cheers!), so today was meant to be a sew-a-thon, but only one thing got done. This top took a lot longer to put together than I thought it would, mostly because the fabric required that I take everything a bit slower and I was super slow with all the hand stitching. But, in the end, I love it!

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Does this top give me linebacker shoulders?

I had originally purchased Vogue 1387 for view B, but the muslin didn’t go well (fit wise) so I just set it aside. Then, while looking at this fabric and trying to decide which pattern to use I ended up coming back to this one, but for view A.

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Pattern Description: View A: Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. Front longer than back and mock wrap, pullover, fitted through bust, no shoulder seams, elasticized tie ends for casing, underarm inset, and armhole bands.

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Pattern Sizing: 14-22. I made a 14 with some fit adjustments.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but mine is made from awesome fabric! 🙂

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Although it could have been clearer in some spots.

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The armband is a bit finicky to work with. In the end, I treated it like a y-seam by only stitching the side seams up to the big circle, then attached the armband ends to each seam.

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The underarm inset was also tricky, so I pinned just the right side in place first, went all the way around the armhole, and on the way back down the other end pinned the left side (while the armband was still attached to the machine). This was a lot cleaner finish then what I got on my muslin.

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Oh, and I also did the tie’s a bit differently. I attached each one to the side seams of the casing, before closing the casing. Then I added elastic around the entire waist, so the ties are more decorative than functional.

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What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love the style. Its a cute, light top. I also love the shape of the yoke and the V on the back neckline.

Fabric Used: Awesome seagull fabric. I think its poly and its actually featured in another Vogue Pattern, which I thought was kind of funny.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: After making the muslin in a 14 (one size down from the recommended for my size) I decided to add 2 inches to the bodice (above the ties). I also added 3/4″ to the front overlap edges for a bit more coverage. I had planned to stitch the fronts where they cross but haven’t yet. I also left off the facing and just did a narrow hem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t think I would sew it again because it is such a distinctive style. But I would recommend it to others but suggest a muslin not only for fitting but as a good walk through of the construction.

Conclusion: As the seagulls say in Finding Nemo, “Mine, mine, mine!”

1 Response

  1. Beth - Sew DIY 25 March 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Your top looks great! I’ve had this pattern for a long time and your version really makes me want to finally use the pattern.

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