For my inaugural post, I decided to feature a recent make that I am in LOVE with: Vogue 9243. It features dramatic sleeves created with a double layer of fabric, a fitted bodice, and back zipper.
I first fell in love with this pattern on Riva’s site. I generally love her style- bright, joyful, and fashion-forward. This particular top had me dying of jealousy. The polka dots and cascading sleeves manage to be both fun and classy. Crushing hard on her version, I did some Googling and found a video on YouTube featuring the pattern. As you can see, I copied the Vogue Pattern’s video version of this top:
(Also available at Pattern Review.)
Top with enormous sleeves created with a double layer of fabric, a fitted bodice, and back zipper.
Misses. I sewed up my usual size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! It looks just like the original in the Vogue Patterns video. I do have one small issue with the final top. There is a funky bulge at the bottom of the zipper if I am not careful to make sure the top is sitting squarely on my shoulders. I think this is due to the fact I put a zipper in very drapey fabric. I ordered a lightweight zipper, but I think it is still a bit too heavy for the fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. The instructions were very clear. Construction is straightforward and no special skills beyond inserting an invisible zipper are needed.
I did have to practice patience. Hemming the sleeves took some time and a few cups of coffee…
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
SLEEVES!!! I love the sleeves!
I used a navy silk-like rayon from Joann Fabrics. I don’t see it currently on their website, but you might be able to find it in a store.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I found the side seams as drafted a little too narrow for me below the waist line. This was easily fixed by letting out the side seams below the waist by 1/4″ on each side. Other than this small change, I sewed it exactly as directed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I think one top with super dramatic sleeves is enough for my closet, but I do plan on making version D soon. It’s a bit more subtle.
I adore this top! It makes me feel fabulous which is the point of clothes, right?!