Tips for panel prints
I used one panel cut plus a part of another that was at the end of the roll. V1733 is a tried and true pattern with few seams. I pulled together some harmonizing stripes from my stash, tossed everything in the washer/dryer, placed the panel fabric on the design table and began moving the pattern pieces around to get ideas for placement. I cut the front first and that lead me to decide on the back placement - and added a pieced stripe at the lower edge. I waited until the body and neck edge were complete to cut the sleeves as there was only enough fabric to cut one sleeve from the panel fabric. I played with different stripes for the contrast sleeve, decided on a dark narrow stripe that blends with the dark brown/black bands on the panel fabric. LOVE the result! SO happy to have a good stash of stripes to design with!
hints for fabrics & sewing
Shown here in a houndstooth ponte (sold out), in a version Vogue did not use on the pattern envelope.
Fabrics: The style is sculptural and fitted and pulls on over the head, so needs a fabric with structure, stretch and good recovery.
Knits and woven with crosswise stretch. Mid weight stretch woven such as cotton sateen, denim, stretch brocade. Mid weight knits such as ponte, double knit, french terry, stable fleece and sweatshirt knits.
Construction: Sew the front and back sections first. (Consider using 2" wide side seams to allow for final fitting tweaks).
Wait to sew the side seams before constructing the collar. The collar is asymmetrical, so accurate marking on all the matching points and stitching lines makes the sewing easier. Accuracy, precision and patience counts here!
Getting ready for cool weather ahead, I made a new duvet and pillow cases.
The duvet front and back each took 5 yards. The finished duvet measures 82" x 84" (for a full/double size). Used a 24" zipper for the opening. The pillow cases take 1 yard each - I used purchased ones for measurements. Easy and very satisfying sewing - took just one day!
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