Chinese Red Double Cloth: Great Fabric, Wrong Pattern Choice Vogue 1525
I seriously debated this Rebecca Vallance outfit, Vogue 1525. When the pattern was first published, I thought about purchasing it. But then I thought; “No this isn’t the look for me.” After seeing it made by others, I thought maybe it will work for me.
Well, throughout the entire process, I had doubts about the look on me. In hind sight, I realized I should have simply made a muslin. It would have told me a lot about how this outfit would look on me.
Over the weekend, I tried it on again. I think it’s the crispness of the fabric. It has body and it falls away from my frame. This affect makes me “thick” and I the outfit a lot on the maternity side. 🙁
I think the fabric combined with the style is not a good match.
Anyway, this Chinese Red Stretch Blended Double Cloth would have been better used in a dress or jacket and skirt. The fabric is medium weight with a crisp hand. The good thing is I do have enough left to get a nice skirt. Maybe I’ll try that next. 😉
As far as reviewing the pattern, it was easy to construct the garment. It is available in sizes 6 to 22.
It’s described as: loose-fitting top has back invisible zipper closure, shaped front and
back side panels, and long sleeves with in-seam invisible zippers.
Semi-fitted pants have front pleats, back invisible zipper closure and
There were no difficult or confusing instructions. Pretty typical and easy to follow.
With looking at the pattern, my likes were/are:
- The side panels of the top
- The close or high neckline
- Multiple cup sizes, reduced time in making adjustments
- Style of the pants
- How it looks on me in this fabric
The alterations/changes made:
- Lengthen the pant
- Omitted the invisible zippers on the sleeves
- Reduced the length of the shoulder seam
- Adjusted the crotch of the pants
As far as a sewing the pattern, it’s not difficult and there are no confusing steps or construction techniques to follow. And if this style appeals to you, go for it! Be careful with sectioning the appropriate fabric type. Double cloth is not for this outfit.
Again, my issue is with how it looks on me and the drape of the fabric with this outfit. What was I thinking?
Happy Sewing! My next project is a few weeks away.