Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Vogue 8534 - a very easy vogue knit top pattern review

Take one hour of time and combine it with a yard and a half of knit fabric and what do you have? Why, a new knit top.

Vogue 8534, size 12, rayon/lycra knit from Hancock Fabrics

Vogue 8534 could possibly change this from a "very easy" rating to a "you won't believe how incredibly easy this is to sew" rating. At least for view A, which is the only one I sewed.

Seriously, if you have to alter the pattern it will take you more time to do your alterations than it will to sew this top.

For views A and B, there are only two pattern pieces. The front is cut on the fold and the back has a center back seam, which is nice to have for 1) shaping and 2) making a sway back adjustment.

The neckline has two pleats on each side that release the fullness to the side front, and one inverted pleat that almost meets in the center front. (see photo below).

What I didn't realize until I began sewing is that the top, as designed, has a unfinished neck edge. The stitching you see on the illustrations is decorative top stitching that must have been added to keep the neckline from stretching out of shape. If you like that raw edge look, well have at it. Personally, I don't like it, so I added a narrow band to the edge of the neck (see photo above.)

The illustrations would lead you to believe that this is just another boxy knit top, but that's not the case. The pleats at the neckline, combined with the very slight curve to the body, make this a comfy yet flattering top to wear. Pin It


  1. Anonymous4:24 PM

    love your top it looks very nice on you and the model. Do the sleeves hang nicely when your arms are down?
    Very nice work.

    from barbaraj pr

  2. Love the top. I need to break out of my comfort zone and start making myself some clothes. Maybe, since you said it is easy, I should pick this up tomorrow and try it. Beth

  3. i definitely need to use more patterns, especially those from simplicity, mc call's etc. i have yet to make my own clothing.....i think i may give this a try.

  4. So pretty! I love the happy-looking fabric.

  5. very cute. love the fabric! i wish i could get into making clothes.

  6. Cute! My mouth dropped open when you said it just took an hour to make. Unbelievable! It's gorgeous!



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