Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vogue 1414 Day 2

Today I continued working on my version of Vogue 1414, an Anne Klein design. The boob flaps* are complete.

It's a fun project. The fabric, an Italian cotton shirting described here, is delightful to sew. It is hard to find anything more cooperative that a great cotton shirting. This one has a twill weave though it shows up slightly striped in the pictures. It is a yarn dyed fabric composed of black threads and off-white threads.

One of the first steps in Vogue 1414 is to complete the flounce. The flounce is a single layer so, two edges must be clean-finished. I used a method taught by Pam Howard for shirt-tail hems. I like her method better than the one in the pattern instructions. For me, it leads to an even hem (or clean finish).

I think. Pam describes this in her excellent shirt class on Craftsy. It's a felling technique that works great for a number of spots where a clean finish is needed.

This has potential to become a tried-and-true. It will be easy to omit the more distinctive features of this pattern to create a nice basic shirt. This is tunic length, so I will probably shorten it for a basic shirt too.

*A blogger - gosh, I cannot remember who - referred to the features of this pattern as boob flaps. I think they look feminine. I hope it doesn't look like a nursing top.


  1. People can be crazy!!! I think this is going to be a fabulous piece.

  2. This looks like it will be a gracefully pretty top. I need to buy that pattern!

  3. No, definitely not a nursing top. Just an extra layer for the girls! I'm liking this so far.

  4. "...referred to the features of this pattern as boob flaps." I wonder about some people. They seem to be constantly on the lookout for untoward attention being drawn towards parts of the body that everybody has (or wishes they had), then making sarcastic comments about it. I don not understand.

    This blouse looks wonderful. And i agree it will be great as well without the 'frills'. That shirting is stunning! I remember being in Italy in the 1970's as a girl and the gorgeous men's shirts for sale in the flea markets. Incredible cotton in all types of subtle weaves, and small construction details throughout. They've set the standard in my mind for all shirts ever since - your shirt here is capturing the essence perfectly.

    Enjoy and thanks for sharing!!! steph