Saturday, April 14, 2007

Vogue 1566 Claude Montana

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:9/16/02 2:28 AM
Pattern Size:Regular
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Pattern Rating:Difficult, but ended up with good results

I hesitate to review this project as it is an Out-of-Print Vogue and NOT a basic. In fact in may be out of style. However it is a fun pattern and I hear that it has been seen available on eBay. It is a Claude Montana style from 1985 that I have had all this time and finally got around to making. I had planned to make the pants also but ran short of the fabric. I found that it looks great with other pants I already have so I'm ok there. It is rather flamboyant and I wore it with more than a little trepidation. But people raved so I guess it is a success. This is the big issue I find with sewing unconventional garments. We sewers get going on some crazy idea and don't have the reassurance that comes with buying something at a popular store. So stepping out in our "home made duds" takes being bold at times. However, when we get a good response, the feeling is great.

This top was tricky only in applying the bias strips. Top-stitching long bias strips in place is fraught with trauma as they wiggle and waggle and change width and shape. The pattern showed another view with contrast strips which IMHO would have been very difficult to make look good. Doing it this way. without contrast, one has to look very closely to see the irregularities.

One nice thing about the oversized styles of the can sew the small size with no alterations. Here is the back.

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