Tuesday, March 3

Birds of a Feather... -Vogue 1387

...should flock together, unless they come near me.  I nabbed a few for myself to have indoors.  I love birds, their sound, the freedom they represent and the beauty of their flight...~and sitting.  Actually, sitting on my fabric, that is where they are this time.
 I thoroughly enjoyed making this top.  I was in such a good mood hanging with the birds, that...
I video-taped my construction process, in triple time...time-lapse.
This is such a deceivingly simple blouse, with several surprise designer details.  Definitely, another regular for my wardrobe rotation.  
Pattern Description: it was described as....
  • Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. 
  • View A:  Front longer than back
  • mock wrap, pullover, 
  • fitted through bust, 
  • no shoulder seams, 
  • elasticized tie ends for casing, 
  • underarm inset, 
  • and armhole bands. 
Pattern Sizing:
Pattern sized 6-14 in envelope. I cut a size 14

How did it compare to the envelope pictures:

The picture was pretty clear. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
 The instructions were basic going into the construction, but then the instructions for the placement of the buttonholes for the front overlap had you put the buttonholes in only one side/layer, but at the end, they needed to be through both layers of the front. The waist seam allowance is turn upward to create the casing for the elastic.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like everything about this pattern, especially the underarm inset and the bias banded armholes.

Fabric Used:
I used a polyester georgette/ crepe d'chine look-a-like from Hancock. It is very thin, but, being it is a dark color, I could get away with out lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
  1. The Pivot and Slide method was used to get my 1.5" FBA along with,
  2. Closing the neckline in by 1/2" and,
  3. Taking out my "over 40inch" front neckline wedge". (That's what I call it now.) Just a wedge to cause the V-neckline to curve in enough to keep it from gaping on the top curve of the bust. (It is not scientifically proven. It is just what I do for me.)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have already begun dreaming of my next project based on this pattern. This is an absolute winner for me.


Hope you enjoyed the video.

Until next time.


28 comments :

  1. Cool video and such a pretty blouse , perfect fit. .. love the color and print.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. Thanks Sheila.

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  2. Love this, I have this pattern and I'm planning on making it.
    Thanks for the video.

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    1. Becki, you should go for it. But, you will need to lengthen it substantially.

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  3. there are twenty tops on the internet killing me this morning. BIRDS. flowy birds! and the drape is so romantic.

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    1. Thanks Oona....I'm seeing birds myself, and they aren't on the internet. I have been buying birds as of late.

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  4. What is the "Pivot and Slide method"?

    I love the colors

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    1. Hello Tasha. Pivot and Slide is a non-cutting version to make pattern alterations. Link with Nancy Zeiman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfmleCst2rE

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  5. Hi! I just found your blog. I love this top, the style, the fabric, the color! It looks great!!

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  6. Very cute top and nice fit. Of course, can't leave of the stationary birds.

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  7. I love this top and have it to make, now your great fabric is making me think of a print instead of a solid. Fabulous job!

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    1. Thanks Lori. I need to work with solids more. I gravitate to prints.

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  8. Send it to me!!!! :-) I have been wanting this since it came out and just haven't worked up the nerve to tackle it.

    I think I shall, soon :) It's absolutely gorgeous and fits you PERFECTLY!

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    1. Mrs. Smith, you will handle this with ease since you are now doing coats and all. I would make sure to saturate the silky in some starch or Perfect Sew from Palmer Pletsch. Thats what I use.

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  9. Andrea, Very cute blouse. It looks great on you. I was on the fence about this one, but now am considering purchasing the pattern. Thank you for the tip on the FBA.

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    1. Thanks Cennetta, I was quite surprised at how much I like this one myself.

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  10. I bought the pattern for the other view, not thinking much about this one. But your version is lovely. So flattering! I will be keeping my eye out for some fabric to use now. Love your birds:)

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    1. Thanks Angela, you will be happy with this one.

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  11. Andrea, I love the top, and your fabric choice! It is beautiful on you. I need to add this pattern to my to do list for Spring. I noted that you live in Houston area. Small world, I live in the Fort Bend County area. Maybe, we can meet up!

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    1. Hello Patricia, thanks for stopping by-- I look forward to meeting you on the sewing circuit in Fort Bend. Check out Sewing Fashionistas.

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  13. Oh, this is lovely, I ADORE that ultra cute bird print :) And I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video, SO cool! *standing ovation*

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