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Vogue 8778 It’s a Big Top

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I originally purchased Katherine Tilton’s 2011 Vogue pattern with the intent of using some of my thicker fleece but when I pulled it out this week and read whistlin dixie’s review and her blog post about the clinginess factor I was hesitant. I am making toppers I can throw on to go take a dog walk or get the mail or check the garden without showing my buns in my Winter Uniform: leggings.

I used an ancient woven wool lycra for my first version of this topper. I might make it again in a boiled wool and remove some width and length.

Proportions - It's a big top

When you click the pictures you will go to Flikr where I describe the particulars of my sewing decisions. It’s a worthwhile read if you’re considering making up this pattern. There is an error in the front pattern piece: the left side of the collar can not reach as far as the mark on the pattern. The fix is described in this photo’s description

Front - error on the front pattern piece

I hadn’t noticed the funky mess where the topper fabric meets the lower sleeve fabric until I uploaded this pictures. Wonder if I should try to fix it or just leave it as is. I think I’ll leave it alone and move on.

I have a lot to sew up before I have to return to the spring, summer and fall food garden madness. I’m off to make a turtleneck out of the sleeve fabric to wear under this top.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

9 responses »

  1. I am not a sewer at all but I think this looks really good. you know what suits you. It reminds of capes that used to the rage in the 60’s. This an updated version? Whatever it is, I like ti and you look good as always. (Did I hear you say the cheque was in the post?)

    • Thanks, Colin. It’s a pattern for a batwinged topper. I’ll edit to include the pattern picture. I have a ton of unused sewing patterns to try out so I should be posting more often than I have in the past couple of years. I don’t guarantee it will be pretty, though 🙂

  2. I am so glad to see you again! I was just thinking about you recently. Your hair is long and of course–it is beautiful as always. Your top is perfect and looks terrific. Don’t stay away so long.

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  4. Love this top Looks great on you!! What a talent!

  5. Oh I quite like this vest/top. Wonder how it would look in boiled wool!

  6. Mary Beth, this is so funny. After I’d written the comment above, I scrolled down to see what fabric you had used. There was your comment on boiled wool!!! How interesting!


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