Pattern: Vogue 8856
Fabric: Bamboo jersey from fabric mart
I always wonder how companies choose the view they will sew for the pattern envelope. In the case of Vogue 8866, they chose the simpler version (you can see it in the link above.) If I hadn’t clicked through to look at the illustrations I would have never known about this version, and I would never have bought it for the plain t-shirt view.
I loved the skirted version. Yes, ok, it looks a little like a dance costume, but so what? I love dance costumes! In fact, this particularly reminds me of a green number I wore while doing a dance to “The Sign” by Ace of Base. Yes, it was probably twice as dorky as you are imagining in your head.
I was worried about sewing this up because of all the sharp angles. Usually those are a pain to sew, but not here! I was really impressed with the drafting. Everything fit together perfectly, which is not always the case! If you’ve never sewn something like this before the instructions might be a little vague (I think there were places that needed to be cut to the corner that were not listed in the instructions, but I’ve made enough of these to do it automatically.)
I think the style is very flattering. It’s long enough to wear with leggings, almost long enough to be a minidress (I did not add any length to this one!) I’m not really an enormous fan of cut on cowl necklines because I think they make me look a little top heavy, and this is no exception, but I still really like it. If I made it again I would turn the cowl into a boatneck, because that’s a better neckline when you (like me) have little difference in size between your bust and waist
Let’s talk fabric choice: I actually think this would be nicer in a more stable knit. I used a medium weight bamboo jersey because it’s what I had, and I didn’t want to buy any new knits before using some up. Bamboo jersey is heavy and stretchy. I stabilized the shoulder seams, but it does still stretch out (especially in the back – the skirt is heavy!) I think a ponte would work, or an interlock. On the right hand side you can see the waist of my leggings through the knit, which is one of my pet peeves. I will have to think carefully on what I wear underneath.
I did not hem the skirt, which I think it best for this style. I hemmed the neckline and armholes with a baby hem, as suggested in the pattern, but I think a bound finish might help to stabilize those edges even further (clear elastic can only do so much!)