Friday, July 11, 2014

Yellow Dot, Blue Dot Sandra Betzina Top of Vogue 1333

I think it is about time I posted this top made almost a year ago. It was part of my vacation wardrobe in October 2013. Yep, 2013. It has been touch and go with my reviews over the past several months. For weeks I've been shifting through hundreds of photos for multiple project, trying to determine the best out of the set.

Today, I finally settled on a few pictures to put on display for this review. You'd think at this point I would have forgotten specifics about what works and did not work with this pattern by now. The good thing is, I jotted down a few notes on the pattern. So I can at least share a few highlights. Another good thing is, There wasn't too much to make note of. I didn't make a FBA or a swayback adjustment.  I made it without any of my usual pattern adjustments.  But I cut the upper body at size E and the rest at size D.

So with that said, here is the review.

Vogue 1333

Pattern Description: MISSES' BLOUSE AND SKIRT: Blouse, loose-fitting through bust, has front and back extending into shaped sleeve (forming underarm drape) and front button closing. Loose-fitting skirt has elasticized waistband, and single layer, tucked drape (cut on crosswise grain), wrong side shows. Both have narrow hem.

Pattern Sizing: A to J; I used E and D.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes, for the most part.   I did notice that the darts stopped at the apex of the bust on the drawing, couldn't tell on the model because the top is black.  The drawing on the back of the envelope looked the same as the front drawing.  I followed the stitching line on the pattern and got the same look as the drawings.  If I make it again, I will bring the darts down an inch or so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? No problems with the instruction or construction of this top.  It's actually pretty simple to make and sew up in no time at all.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The sleeves are what I like most about the pattern.  The darts offer more opportunities fitting around the waist and through the hip area which I like because I smaller on bottom than on top. I liked the skirt because of the overlay piece with the side pleats, hip illusion.

Fabric Used:  I used a stable knit purchased from Vogue Fabrics. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  No alterations made other than using size E for the upper body and D for the rest.  I used six buttons instead of seven. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I would like to try the top again and plan to make the skirt.  Yes, I do recommend it to others. 

Conclusion: This is a fairly easy pattern to sew.  The design is very forgiving and you can adjust the depth of the darts as needed. 

Happy Sewing!


  1. Cute top and screams summer fun in the sun.

  2. I love this- especially the shoulders/sleeves!

  3. Very cute top. I love the skirt pattern as well.

    1. Thanks, me too. I hope to make it before the year is out.

  4. Your top looks great on you and the fabric is perfect!

  5. That is a great top and love the fun fabric. I hadn't noticed the pattern before, thanks for reviewing it.

  6. Replies
    1. Serenity, I will make the skirt, but I don't know when. I will post it though. Thanks, Cennetta

  7. Thanks, everyone! I do appreciate your visits and compliments.

  8. Lovely top and so very flattering! I think we all need a polka dot or two in our wardrobe.

  9. This is a very cute top Cennetta! I love the fun color too!

  10. What a fun fabric! Reminds me of happy bubbles...



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