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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Vogue 8772

  I've finally conquered my fear of button down blouses, whew! I must say that button down blouses are not all that hard, just very precise. Precise, in the sense of the edge-stitching, top-stitching; all the above makes for some very precise sewing.. However, I loved it! I really enjoyed the process of seeing this shirt come together.. I've been wanting to sew this pattern, V8772 from the moment of it's release, but had been to intimidated. But I told myself this year that I was going to stretch myself in my sewing, so I had to get over it!
Top left: Button band, top right: Inside shot
Bottom left: Collar stand and collar, bottom right: Sleeve cuff
*My button hole on the collar stand is pointing the wrong way, but
"chile boo ain't nobody got time for that" LOL!

   I do want to point out that I did use the help of the online Craftsy course on shirt making with Pam Howard, awesome class by the way.. Somehow, I still managed to goof up on my sleeve and cuff and ended up with my cuff facing forward, ugh! So, I had to deconstruct the entire sleeve and cuff and re-do it, can we say I was hot, okay! But, I managed to get everything squared away, whew! So, just make sure if you're using a fabric that if you can't tell the right and wrong sides, make sure you clearly mark.. Or you will be hotttt as in this instance upset, okay lol!

    I purchased this fabric from last year after seeing Mimi's version and knew I needed this shirt in my life, lol! Everything I needed was in stash, other than the buttons which I purchased from Hancock's two weeks ago. I used a light weight interfacing for the collar the sleeve cuffs, which worked out fabulous, as the shirt still feels lightweight, yet crisp! I didn't make any alterations to this version, other than leave off the back darts, for fear of "Incredible Hulking" out my shirt LOL! In my next version, I plan to go up a size,  and lengthen an inch, only the body of the shirt as I felt the sleeves were long enough.

  Overall, I am more than pleased with this shirt, especially with this being my first button down blouse, and it wasn't as nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I would highly recommend this pattern as a first blouse to kind of get your feet wet in shirt making. I am getting ready to cut out another version, but first I want to tackle the now OPP pattern Simplicity A1738.  That's all I have ladies, I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! 

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  1. The collar/stand part of shirts is what has me shaking in my boots Candice. I've tried several times before but never could make one that lived up to my expectations. You did a nice job on your shirt.

    1. Thanks Faye! I really enjoyed this process of shirt making..

  2. Very nice shirt! The gingham looks so fresh!

    1. Thanks Linda! I know I said it before, but your M6884 cardigan is gorgeous!

  3. Lovely blouse and great use of the gingham fabric.

  4. Your shirt is so fabulous!! I will keep your pointers in mind as I sew my first button down later this year. I plan on buying the same class from Craftsy at some point. Btw, that OOP pattern by Simplicity is another great pick! I can't wait to see what you come up with on that one!

  5. VERY nice looking shirt, Candice! Excellent!

  6. Lovely - and I really like the way you styled it. Awesome.

  7. This turned out fabulous. More button downs in the future? I think so! Nice work.

  8. I love a button down. You did a great job. TFS

  9. Great work. I made this shirt last year but I used challis and it didn't turn out so well. But after seeing yours, I want to make a gingham shirt too.