V9275 and M7634 Trying new patterns

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I’ve been having so much fun with the 4.75 yards of jersey I picked up from Fabric Mart’s pre-cut sales!

This outfit is a combo from two patterns. The top, Vogue 9275,

V9275

And the pants, McCalls 7634,

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Will I wear them together? Probably not, but I put them together here to talk about them.

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Breaking it down, I just love this top! It has a really pretty and unassuming cowl neck:

Igram collar

And beautiful details. This is the underarm, where the extended ‘sleeve’ meets with the side seam:

bottom of armhole

The curved hem is lovely.

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A few notes:

  • I sewed the size XS! and love the fit. It’s very over-sized.
  • I stabilized the shoulders for about 5″ with knit fusible interfacing.
  • And serged the hem and turned it up 5/8″, instead of doing a narrow hem. Then I used Steam-a-Seam in the hem to facilitate the topstitching.

This will definitely be repeated. It’s a perfect top for PJs, under a cardigan, or over leggings. Just easy to wear and so distinctive.

On to the pants. I bought this pattern from McCalls because I like the hood on the top. But the pants are great – slim and rather fun to wear.

p1

It can be difficult to find elastic waist pants that don’t have a ton of gathers going into the waistband. These really succeed because the band is not elastic in a casing – it’s self-fabric, basically an extension of the pants.

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I sewed a straight size 12, no changes. Future adjustments: I think I’ll add about 1.5″ to the rise, front and back. And tighten the waistband so they don’t want to slip down. Actually, I think fabric choice will really impact how they fit at the waist. This jersey is very stretchy, coming and going.

I’m not done yet with these patterns. Fall sewing – I’m going to use the jacket from the Vogue pattern, and the hood from the McCalls pattern, and make a long hooded cardigan in French terry knit. And that’s as close as I’ll get to sewing with a plan 🙂

Ciao! Coco

 

11 thoughts on “V9275 and M7634 Trying new patterns

  1. Really interesting to see the Vogue top and it looks great on you. Do you know the composition of the jersey you used ? It looks really soft and drapey. I have the pattern and have made the leggings and jacket but not that top yet, I have some fleece to use for it but think that will be much too heavy having seen yours.

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    1. Hi Mumokio! the fabric is 92% rayon/8% lycra, described as lightweight. I like rayon knits for tops. I used to use 100% cotton and cotton/lycra, but they are a little too heavy, better for tee shirts or sleep shirts.

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  2. I always find I have to sew an elastic into the waist to keep them up too even if it’s just a 5/8th thickness (like a bra strap elastic) so I’m a little hesitant on a self waist band. Even when I buy RTW leggings that are self banded I sew an elastic in at the waist for good measure. Love your top! It is very chic!

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  3. Can you please explain the 5″ of stabilizing the shoulder? Where did you put the interfacing? How wide was it? Fairly new to knits and this might be a solution to some issues I have encountered.

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    1. Sure, Betty. I put a 1/2″ wide x 5″ long piece of knit fusible interfacing on the inside (wrong side) of the back shoulder, just inside the stitching line. Knit interfacing has a stretch direction – my strips are cut with the stretch lengthwise so they give a little with the knit jersey. Then I serged the seam allowances of the shoulder, back and front both, the whole length, neck edge to sleeve edge. Next, I sewed the shoulder seam, pressed it open, and topstitched both sides of the opened seam. The latter looks nice and makes the shoulder seam very comfortable against my skin. Another approach, after putting on the fusible, is to sew or serge the seam allowances together and press the seam to the back. I always topstitch mine, but, again, for comfort. I hope this helps! Let me know if I can help further, glad to do so.

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  4. Both pieces are lovely! I like the idea of a self fabric waist band without elastic. I want to play around with that. Since I have no hips I may have trouble keeping my pants up though.

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