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
side pockets.

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.



  • Karen
    January 6, 2018

    I can see why you chose this beautiful red fabric. So sorry the pattern/fabric did not work. We sewists have all made this mistake!

    • Cennetta
      January 8, 2018

      I know, right? We all have experienced this issue at one time or another. I spent a lot of time on this outfit and wanted to share that not all my projects are successful. Thanks, Karen.

  • Peter
    January 6, 2018

    I get what you’re saying about the drape of the fabric but I’m wondering how this might look as separates: the red top with dark pants or jeggings, the red pant with a crisp white blouse. Don’t surrender just yet! 😉

    • Cennetta
      January 8, 2018

      Thanks, Peter. I considered wearing them as separates. I think that might work. Especially, the pants.

  • Chris
    January 6, 2018

    I think it looks really cute on you – just that it’s an awful lot of red. I bet it would look great as separates…

    • Cennetta
      January 8, 2018

      Thanks, Chris. Red is one of my favorite color. This was suppose to be one of my holiday outfits.

  • felicia
    January 7, 2018

    I like it, even though it doesn’t look like the envelope pic.

    • Cennetta
      January 8, 2018

      Thank you, Felicia.

  • Sarah Hyde
    January 7, 2018

    I wonder if changing the neckline to a v neck or more of a scoop would change your view of it? I love the colour and the trousers fit beautifully.

    • Cennetta
      January 8, 2018

      Thanks, Sarah. First, I decided to gift the entire outfit to someone. Then I considered wearing the pants with another top or jacket. I probably won’t spend anymore time of it. Thanks again, C

  • Mery
    January 8, 2018

    Those of us who are shaped like a severe rectangle think those of you with curves always look best when you accent them. If you want something more comfortable than “fitted” style, then look for at least “semi-fitted.” The neckline is nice, and the drape over the bum is cute, as is the color. It’s just that together in this fabric no fitted areas show. Peter and others are right about the pieces being too good not to try as separates. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and am not on Instagram. I realize blogging takes time, but we do appreciate it. We’ve all pushed a little too hard with wishful thinking that something might work.

  • Cennetta
    January 8, 2018

    Thanks, Mery. I appreciate your comment and for reading my blog. I’m considering wearing them as separates. That thought had not occurred until I saw Peter’s comments. Thanks again.

  • Jules
    January 10, 2018

    I’ve made this one twice now. The top is the tricky part. i tried a stretch jersey and it was huge then I tried a drapey wool crepe and the smaller size and it was too small. haha. I haven’t given up yet. I had more success with the pants in a wool suiting with soft drape and no crispness. Love the full on red color of your outfit . Did you see that the pattern designer had a similar outfit in one of her collections in solid yellow?