Sunday, August 21, 2011

Vogue 8717

This is an outfit that I made about two months ago using Vogue 8717. But I'm still on the fence on whether I like it or not. With that said, let me begin my review. (The top is M5977)

Pattern Description: MISSES' VEST, JACKET AND PANTS: Close-fitting, 1" above waist, lined to edge vest A or jacket B have front slanted seams, back princess seams and snap closure. B: three-quarter length sleeves with stitched pleats. Pants C have high waist, straight legs, front stitched pleats, front and back darts, side seam pockets and back zipper. A, B, C, D cup sizes.

Pattern Sizing: 6 to 22; I used size 14 with a few modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I really like high waist pants, but have been reluctant to make them because my torso is a little shorter than average and my long legs gives the appearance of an even shorter torso. But I decided to try this pattern anyway. It has the multiple pattern pieces for various cups size. Which I also like. The jacket is okay. The pleating on the sleeves is cute.

Okay, now my dislikes: The high waist pants aren't the most flattering for me. And the various cups size didn't provide the best FBA. I feel some pulling at the lower armscye. My prominent shoulder blades make the jacket stand too far away from my back just below my shoulder blades. I am still not in love with back pants zippers.  Surely, all my dislike are based on my personal preference and fitting issues.  If this pattern suits you, try it.  But make a muslin and make sure it's the right silhouette for your figure.

Fabric Used: A rayon blend from Vogue Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: My usual adjustments: prominent shoulder blades, sway back, lengthen pant leg, and adjust crotch.
For the jacket, maybe I should have worked on the fitting some more to get the right feel and fit at the armscye and at the lower back.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No, I will not sew this again. But do not want to discourage anyone else from trying it.

I think this style will work better for others. This pattern is not difficult to sew.

Happy Sewing! Still several reviews to go.

Stay Tuned!


  1. this is proof that some patterns just work out really well on certain body types, those pants look great on you, a pant with pleats on me,, never! lol
    the whole outfit came out great!

  2. i think it looks great!

  3. I don't think I've ever seen you make a garment that you either didn't like/didn't fit or could have fit better.

    I understand why you are on the fence about this project and since you are one of the people I look to for impeccable sewing, it's nice to know that every once in awhile things don't go well for you too.

    It encourages me and leads me to believe that I will sew as well as you do! So thanks for that!

  4. I think with a little tweaking you can make it work. If you drop the waist by 1-1-1/2 inches and make the waistband a little bit narrower, that should do it. By droping the waist you create a more simetrical look. the pants are fine, I will eliminate the pleats in the front, also I would use a narrow belt. Now the jacket, i think you could remove some of the fullness in the lower body or use a fabric with a softer drape. I am not an expert, but I believe with a little tweaking you can rock the heck out that ourfit.

  5. Personally I think that the outfit looks very chic on you. High waisted pants and pants with pleats can be difficult to wear but I really think that you wear the look very well. I also think that both the pants and the jacket would work very well separately - ringing the changes and wearing them with different garments will make you love them more.

  6. Hmmm. I'm with you on this one...on the fence but then again I'm looking at it with a sewer's eye. I would like to have seen the crotch be a little longer but I do adore the fabric. TFS.

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  8. this collection of post are super and very nice post. all collections are pretty good.i will inform about your post to my friends too..and all the best for your future designs..

  9. Making the jacket now, and was curious - when you put in the sleeves, did you find you had a lot of fabric to ease? I can't tell from the pix, but it's possible. The instructions say nothing of ease, but I've got it!



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