Fall is all about basic pullover tops so when I saw this vogue 9169 pattern, I knew I had to make it. I hunted for the perfect fabric from Fabricville and made this magical combo. I have never made two views of this same pattern as fast as I made this!
Vogue 9169 is a contrast underlay pullover top with seam variations. It is such an easy yet beautiful pattern that I made both View B and C and simply switched the fabric placements to get a slightly different look. I love the unique shapes of this pattern.
I chose two beautiful knit fabrics, the Marley cotton spandex knit and the Venice knit. The Marley cotton is a gorgeous lightweight striped knit and is perfect for tops such as this one and the Venice knit is slightly more lightweight than the Marley knit but equally gorgeous. Working with both knits went smoothly. My favorite thing about knits is that it hardly needs any ironing. How can you not love that?
The Instructions and Fit:
The instructions were very easy to follow and was overall a very fast project. It is a loosely fitting top and so there were no issues with fitting. I made no changes at all to this pattern.
I love this pattern for multiple reasons.
It is an easy and fast sew since it requires knit fabrics
No additional notions needed (yes, no buttons, zippers, fasteners…nothing!)
Fabric selection is endless! If you wish to take a look at my choices, click here and here.
My most recent addition to my handmade closet is a button-up shirt. I have been obsessing over classic button-up shirts for a while and I am glad I found this Deer and Doe casual button-up drop shoulders pattern.
The Pattern – Version A has long sleeves and a rounded collar; version B has cuffed short sleeves and a mandarin collar. Both feature bust darts and I chose to make version B with double breast pockets as my first attempt. The packaging of this pattern is gorgeous like many other indie patterns but what makes this different is that the instructions are both in French and English (Deer & Doe is a french company).
The Construction – The instructions for this pattern was pretty straightforward although some steps could be explained better especially for beginners. French Seams are actually stated in the instructions. How awesome is that? You do not need to have a serger for this pattern. I made zero changes to this pattern (which is rare) and had no issues. However, I think I will go up a size or two in my next one for a more comfortable fit (the pattern measurements are really true to size).
I am in love with this pattern! I have found a new place in my heart for button-up shirts and I’m not looking back. If you have any suggestions for other button-up shirts, let me know and I’ll put them on my ‘to-sew list’ 🙂
My newest handmade addition to my fall wardrobe is The Afternoon Blouse I made using a pale pink linen blend fabric. Leonardo da Vinci’s quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” brilliantly describes this pattern by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. It is a very simple pattern but the unique neckline option takes this blouse to a whole different level.
The Pattern and Instructions – This pattern gives two options: a blouse version with two neckline variations and the dress version with two variations (and yes, the dress version has pockets!). I’m a sucker for patterns that have as few pattern pieces as possible especially PDF patterns so this definitely gets into my good books. It is great for sewers of all levels and such a great addition to the closet. The instructions and illustrations were very easy to follow. The instructions also state the corresponding pages of each view, allowing you to print only the view you plan to make. I think this is genius!
The Fit and Construction – The fit of the blouse was spot on due to the kimono sleeve feature which tends to fit most people. The afternoon blouse simply did not need any changes to be made. I under-stitched the neckline instead of topstitching it. That was the only change I made and was simply personal preference. I cut based on the size chart in the instructions and it fit great which was a pleasant surprise. For most patterns, I have to make some adjustments but this pattern was an exception.
The choice of fabric can change the look of the blouse. Medium weight fabrics such as my linen choice gives it a crisper look. If I had chosen a light weight fabric such as rayon, I feel it would have had more drape and given it a softer look. It is a great blouse whether worn tucked in or not. Overall, I feel that the blouse gives a clean and simple finish to any outfit.
Additional Highlights and tips: I love multi-sized patterns. This pattern ranges from 6 to 24 with both imperial and metric measurements! What else can I ask for? I have one tip… Iron after each step. It makes all the difference. If you have made the Afternoon blouse or dress or plan to do so, I would love to hear about it. 🙂
I knew I had to make this ruffle top immediately I saw the pattern. What is there to not love? The pattern and my fabric choice checks all my boxes.
Flowy & fun ✓
Denim & polka dots ✓ … you get the idea.
This pattern has different styles and ties options including an off-the-shoulder option but I decided to make the simplest version which is View D. I think that suited the fabric I was using a little more. I encountered a few issues while making this pattern and had to make some adjustments which I will talk about in the review below.
Misses’ Ruffle Tops with Off-the-Shoulder and Tie Options. Please note: I made View D so some of the feedback I give especially with the adjustments to the pattern may not be necessary for other views.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes it did look just like the photo on the pattern and the instructions were easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the style of this pattern. It’s flowy and fun. However, I had a little issue with the sizing. I cut my regular size but that was way too big for me which made the top look ill-fitting initially. I had to make a couple of adjustments to get a better fit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took the sides in by about 2.5 inches in total. The sleeves were also way too big especially tapering towards the edge of the sleeve. I think it’s supposed to have a bell shape to it but it didn’t look great in combination with the ruffle so I took that in about 2 inches on each sleeve to get a better fit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would but I’d go at least one size down.
I think this is a great pattern overall. It fits perfectly into the current ruffles trend. If the picture below doesn’t show how I feel about this top, I don’t know what does 🙂
It’s been a while since I used African print to make any projects. Well, that changes now because my new addition to my closet happens to be an African print dress I made using Butterick 5982. I paired my new handmade dress with my handmade cascading coat (Butterick 6244) and got this Power Outfit.
This dress pattern was one of the first patterns I bought when I decided to dive into sewing. I usually only wear one piece of handmade clothing so I felt amazing when I could pair two handmade clothing in the same outfit!
Since I have reviews on both patterns from previous posts, I will not be writing another. Here are the reviews about the Butterick dress and coat.
I’m planning more projects with African print fabrics and I’m so excited to work with such fun fabrics!
I’m excited to present to you my latest pattern testing outfit, The Mitchell Dress by Paddle boat Patterns. The pattern comes with a dress and jumpsuit version. How cool is that?
I used a gorgeous red crinkled rayon fabric and paired the final look with a greenish necklace since the holidays are approaching fast. It’s only right 🙂 This is definitely my pattern of the year for three reasons: Ease, Simplicity, Variety. Look at that decline too. So gorgeous!
If you are looking for an easy sew with a stylish result, this might be the pattern for you. The dress had only seven steps and it was so easy to put together I had to read the entire instructions again to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
It’s an interesting shaped dress, with kimono style sleeves and a wrap style. This gets rid of having to sew sleeves in or put a zipper/buttons in which can be intimidating especially for beginner sewers.
I started off my week with a new handmade polka dot peplum top. And the best part? The pattern I used is free and so easy which is perfect for a beginner sewer. Who doesn’t love free?! It’s actually a summer top but I layered it and plan to rock it during these cold seasons.
The Peplum pattern can be found here. The instructions were very clear and straightforward. I loved working with it. Of course I made some changes to this pattern because that is what I do. This simple pattern didn’t need much changes though.
So what did I do differently? I used bias binding instead of facing for the neck and arm holes. I also cut both pieces on a fold instead of the front on a fold and the 2 pieces for the back. (I still sewed the back together just like the instructions stated. It’s a lovely pattern, I’d recommend you give it a try.
Today, the Connie dress pattern is helping me soak the last bits of summer while channeling my inner Barbie. Of course in the process of making this simple yet glamorous dress, I had the opportunity to work with boning for the first time. Another first this year 🙂
I honestly fell in love with this pattern even before I printed it out. The PDF pattern is only about 16 pages which means less cutting for me. The instructions were clear and straightforward, and there’s a video sew-a-along with this pattern. How great is that?
When I put this dress on, I felt like a doll! It’s so cute and perfect for so many occasions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fancy, fun project or a dress for an upcoming event. I love it!
And the year of firsts continues! This time, I made my first maxi shirt dress and I must say it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Who decides to make a button down dress, with a back pleated self-lined yoke, mandarin collar, elastic waist, side pockets, and a narrow hem on three first attempt? (this girl!)
This process was definitely a labor of love for me. It took me a while mainly because I can only sew at night now but for someone who enjoys quick projects, this was tedious in a good way.
The wind was ever so in my favor for this photoshoot! I love how it made the dress look and I hope you do too.