Monday, March 12, 2012
Finished! Vogue 8581
Well, Vogue 8581came together somewhat quickly. It really is a very straightforward design, and it lends itself quite nicely to "maternity", but I didn't like the gathering & I was a little surprised to find that it recommended 3/4" elastic at the waist.
It's been finished for over a week & I've worn it a number of times, so that's a good sign. I do find myself adjusting the waist gathers a lot, but I think that can mostly be attributed to the fact that I used 1/4" elastic in a 3/4" tunnel. I just couldn't bring myself to rip it out & re-do it.
I totally blew the neck gathering, too. I spent all this time meticulously gathering only to find that I didn't gather it enough for the neckband to be properly stretched, thus causing a won't-lie-flat neckband. So, I ripped it out & used an elastic casing instead. Next time I'll do that the first time around. :)
I also decided to leave the sleeves as flutter sleeves, because I like them :) and also because it was faster. However, I think that they could stand to be a tad longer.
All in all I though this was a good pattern. I'm happy with how it turned out. I should be able to churn the next one out in an afternoon (famous last words, right??) You can see my official review with less ramblings on Pattern Review.
And here's the obligatory "belly shot" It was hard getting a good silhouette with all that extra fabric. :) And since we're on the subject, I'm 19 weeks along now. The morning sickness is long gone & I'm feeling great. So great, in fact, that I'm behind on my sewing but ahead on housework. :) Oh well, you can't do it all.