Vogue pattern 8495 - Review:
Pullover tops have self-faced yokes, topstitching details and center front pleats. I made view A: cap sleeves extending from yoke.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
yes, very complete, detailed instructions (this was my second Vogue patterns, I grew up with Burda, so am used to very scant instructions)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked how easy this pattern is. It makes a semifitted garment, and no buttonholes, out of woven cloth. Not bad for a very easy pattern.
I used silk satin: and the slippery fabric meant that I had to do the front pleat twice, because I did it too large the first time around.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added fusible interfacing to the yokes, and also to the armholes of front and back (the pattern says to staystitch the armholes). I like how the soft fabric gets a bit more stand from the interfacing.
Also, I tapered the fronts out a bit larger -- I'm a size 14 on top and size 20 at my hips, and cut a size 14. The top is very large at the bottom, but I found that I liked more than the 2 inches of ease I would have had as per size 14.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No -- I don't think that the style is particularly flattering for me, actually. I'm on the hunt for a V-Neck woven cloth pattern that would be very easy now.
Yes, I would definitely recommend it to others: it's really very easy to make.
I'm happy with my finished item, but I think I will use another pattern for the rest of my wardrobe building efforts this summer