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Vogue 1440

It seems I have not posted anything in 2 months! I did a bunch of sewing in the meanwhile, including sewing classes (yay).

I wanted to follow up on the Vogue 1440 blouse, and I think I have plenty of pictures so I might do a 2-part post. I'll do finished pictures here.

First off, a picture from the front. It is fitted through the bust, with a hidden button placket (4 buttons) and a full collar.


The fun part comes in the back:


The V at the racer back looks awesome, but it needs some faffing around with the bra, normal stuff does not work, you need one that crosses, or a strapless, or something to not show the straps. I wear it with a long sleeved body underneath, this is maybe not the best way to do this though. I'm still considering options.

The fabric is an Oscar de la Renta silk twill from Mood. It was all right to work with, and Mood's description of this fabric is accurate - the drape is more like a crepe de chine, which is why it worked for this blouse:



I managed to squeeze the blouse out of 1.5 yards (with barely nothing left). I think I cut one thing slightly off grain to do it, but I don't remember what that one thing was. The pattern asks for 2 3/4 yards in 45" fabric, so that's more than a yard less - that's great.

As mentioned in my previous post, I altered the shoulder area substantially, but otherwise didn't do much. I love the racer back, it's very unexpected - especially if you have long hair like I do. Usually the long hair covers it, and you can just see a peek from time to time.


Sadly I didn't do my best with sewing the bands on, you can see some rippling there. The blouse is fitted through the bust, and then flares out in a trapeze-like way to the hips ("tent-like" as Mr T keeps saying). The back seam ends in a little split, although it's quite small and not very visible - I don't even have a picture of it.


I don't have much else to say about this - it's a nice pattern, true to size, but I won't be making the blouse from 1440 again, since I don't need more than one of these in my life. It was a good experience while fitting though.

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