Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Vogue 8771 Batwing Sleeve Top

   


I love batwing sleeves! And what a perfect pattern for our breezy and cooler winter season.

Vogue 8771

Lots of options here - different sleeves, length, and  fabric combos. And hemlines...check out that cute dropped back hemline on the longer version.

The pattern suggests 2-way stretch fabrics with spandex. However - I decided to use a soft french terry from Fabric.com.






And used the longer version with just a few modifications (of course...). 


Fortunately for me, lots of you have sewn and reviewed this pattern, so I had an idea of how to approach it. The biggest investment I made was in measuring the pattern and working out some changes based on (1) my fabric choice (1-way stretch and not much of that!), and (2) my plan to wear the top with leggings (brave girl...). 

I wanted the top  to be true to its design but not too clingy, since I planned to go past my bottom and hips with the hemline. 



Changes I made:

(1) The cuff - I really like the slim cuff but wanted a shorter one. Mine is 3 1/2" long, drafted from the top 4 1/2" of the cuff pattern. The pattern calls for sewing the top of the cuff to the sleeve and hemming the bottom. Hats off to Robyn, at Sew Love Red - I used her tip to cut the cuff on the fold, double it back, and attach it as a band would be attached. Such a nice finish for the sleeve. Caution: the cuff is very slim - measure the pattern against your forearm! 

(2) I cannot find the reference but some wonderful blogger noted that the bottom of the front on this version came right at/above the crotch of her jeans - which she did not like. Out with the measuring tape - sure enough,  that's where it would hit. So I added 2" to the length of both the front and back, using the 'lengthen/shorten' line on the pattern. 

(3) Many folks found this top to run big, but it must be a spandex, stretchy fabric thing. I sewed my usual Vogue medium (12-14), which is for a 38" hip. The pattern has only 2" of ease at the hip! So I added to the side seams. I actually started the addition about 2" into the sleeve, beginning with 3/8", moving down and increasing to 1" below the waistline. Worked great, the top has just the right amount of hug for me :-)  

(4) And lastly - almost everyone mentioned the neckline as being very wide. The first thing I did after cutting the fabric was to staystitch the neckline seam allowances. Really helped. And I used an applied neckband, rather than finish the neckline with a narrow hem. Need a guide for measuring and applying a neckband? Check out Sarah Veblen's tutorial on Threads

Edited to add something I forgot! I did move the bust apex curve on the front of the arm pieces down a couple inches. Equivalent to an FBA on a princess seam. 

Views of the top inside out - great curves!



What a great top! It is so soft and comfy, like a dressy sweatshirt. 





I'm thinking red heather french terry next... Ciao! Coco

27 comments:

  1. What a great looking top. It's always so hard to find something that looks well with leggings, thanks for the idea!

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    1. Thanks, Carole! I love leggings, have been on a mission to find tops that would work!

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  2. This top looks wonderful on you - it looks so cozy

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    1. It is cozy! thanks, Pauline. Hope you are finding some down time to sew, you are sooo busy! Reminds me of when I was travelling all week on business...

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  3. Love this top. The dropped back hem looks really good on you.

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    1. Thanks, Valerie. I really like the back hem - I've seen it in so many tops but was shy of using it. I think it's one of those looks that is best taken in small doses :-)

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  4. So very cute on you! And I see you're starting the ruffled cardi. Can't wait to see your version!

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    1. Thanks! I just finished tracing and cutting my first go at the ruffled cardi, excited about starting it today. Fun pattern!

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  5. Comfy, stylish and great looking. Fab make.

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  6. Purrfect and so cozy looking. You always sew/dress with such style

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    1. Thank you, Terri. What a nice compliment!

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  7. Arrgh! Another pattern to write down and get pronto! This looks so stylish and cozy!

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    1. Thanks, Anne. Imagine in giraffe or zebra :-)

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  8. Chic looking top on you with wonderful lines!

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    1. Thanks, Heather. I really like the lines as well - and the curves were actually easy to sew!

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  9. That looks terrific on you. You're so beautifully slender, you can wear those big sleeves well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gwen. You made my day with the lovely compliment.

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  10. I love the French terry and it is so cute on you! I have that pattern...haven't made it yet. I wanted to make it out of fleece for this winter and wear a tee under it. I'm glad you said how much you added to the seams...I'll do the same. Thank you Coco!!!

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    1. Hi Judi! I'm with you on french terry, it's just hard to find! Can't wait to see your version.

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  11. You're so correct, this top does look very comfy and pretty too! I have this pattern and have not made it yet. Actually I pulled it out the other night to work on but did not have enough fabric, so I made something else. Your review is very timely and helpful too!

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    1. Thank you, Myra! I love that more people are making this, hope to see your version soon!

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  12. What a quality make Coco! There is something very chic about it whilst still looking very comfy & practical. Fits beautifully & what great insides it has!!

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    1. Thanks! And BTW, I've just recently found your blog, just love it! Great style.

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  13. So chic and elegant, and it looks very comfortable and practical at the same time. I really like those big wide armscyes :)

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  14. Hello there. very nice and so casual. can wear it at home and also for a work, add some accessories, nice black belt, braceletes, clutch, and leather pumps.

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco