Were you following along with Me Made May on Instagram last month? I have to admit, I became a bit of an addict. Normally I don’t get into sew-alongs like this, but for some reason I found myself trolling #mmmay17 like it was my J-O-B. Lol. And I guess it kind of is (my job). I was so inspired seeing all of the clothiers wearing gorgeous hand sewn creations all month long.
Why follow a sewing hashtag? For a few reasons really; 1) it can turn you on to new sewing influencers to follow that will continue to inspire you long after the hashtag is over, 2) it can be fun to belong to an on-line sewing community and make you feel a part of something, 3) it can introduce you to new sewing patterns and/or fabrics that you simply MUST have.
Such was the case for me in today’s post. After seeing Ada Spragg’s Vogue #v1507 Rachel Comey top, I knew I simply needed to add this pattern to my collection. I ordered the pattern for one meeeelllion dollars, as well as the fabric that I simply needed to have to make my dream top come to life, and got to work.
Make this Look: Vogue #V1507
MAKE THIS LOOK: Vogue #V1507 Rachel CoMey Top
Skill level: Intermediate
Time needed: Weekend project
Thoughts on Pattern:
The pattern is a high end top pattern, that includes a pair of asymmetrical pants. As with most big name pattern companies, the pattern comes in 2 separate groups of sizes. Which means you need to check your measurements prior to ordering the pattern. Unfortunately, I fall right in the middle of the size chart – so the top fits me great, but the included pants pattern is too small and I would need to size up. That kind of stinks.
The pattern includes professional finishes, like french seams and quality hems, so that no seam is left uncovered. With the layers, professional finishes, etc. – this top was a weekend sewing project taking me about 8 – 9 hours to complete. But if you don’t skip any corners, the end result is fantastic.
The sewing instructions are detailed, with decent illustrations. There were a couple steps that I had to read extremely carefully to ensure proper sewing technique. That being said, there was one step that was slightly incorrect in phrasing or just unclear – and I realized the error AFTER I had sewn it the way they suggested. Thank goodness for seam rippers. Unfortunately that was not the only error, which slightly annoyed me. When I spend that much on a quality pattern, I expect it to be perfect. The back facing pattern had incorrect sizing listed, making me have to second guess myself and recheck all of my sizing.
The top fits well in the bust, but does tend to fall forward when I am wearing it due to lack of upper back support. This is not the pattern’s fault, but rather just the styling of the top. It is very chic and trendy looking, with great end results. Looks very ‘rich’ when wearing it, and not handmade at all. All in all, I am happy with it. Even if I did just list, what feels like, a slew of complaints.
It is sort of a novelty top, so not sure if I would sew it again. But I will definitely wear this denim version all Summer long! It is perfect for evening date nights, and perhaps even a fancy swimsuit boating cover up. For all the yachting adventures we have planned – lol. Woot woot!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…