Over two years ago I attempted to make Vogue 8251 to complement my floaty hi-low skirt. Well, I wasn't totally please with the outcome. I tried to do a FBA, but end-up with a not so attractive gathering in the center front of the top.
|V8251, View D|
I pondered it for awhile. Then decided to not gather the excess. Instead I chose to stretch the band while sewing to adsorbed the excess fabric. As you can see after the FBA the center front is now curved and does not lay flushed against the fold of the fabric. So I allowed the paper pattern to hang about 1/2 inch over the edge of the fold to bring the paper pattern closer to the fold line.
I know you are probably wondering why do anything to the pattern in the first place. Well I still needed more room vertically as well as horizontally. This seem to work and I'm sorry I can't explain it any further than that. I'm happier with this second version of the top and plan to make another. But next time I will add a little more width to the side through the bust area instead of the center front.
This pattern is described as Misses top: close fitting, pullover top has neckline and shoulder strap variations. A,B: front ties and ruched with elastic at sides. C, D: front tucks and front band. It is out of print. Sizes: 4-20.
The top looked like the pattern illustrations. On the back of the envelope it indicated that this style was only suitable for hour glass and pear shaped figures. But I thought views C and D were suitable for any figure type.
The instructions were for the most part easy to follow. Except for 33 to 37. Please read them carefully. And use the illustration to help you form the cape like neckline.
I like this top for the cape like neckline. The front is flatter as well as the back. No way does this pattern give you the feel of a "coffin dress/top". There is interest front and back. I also like the curve of the body. It's not straight down. You do not have to create a curvature side seam.
I used a medium weight four way stretch matte jersey from Vogue fabrics.
This is a great summer top that wears well and is quite attractive. I like it a lot and do recommend it to others.