Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A special post for Green Apples!--Vogue 8231

Wow I have been gone for awhile. But do not worry...sewing has been happening!  You know how some people talk about their sewing mojo going missing? My blog mojo went missing! But it is back...and I have a bunch of new things to show you! But first off, I need to show you an old item...and this is in honor of the Green Apples blog.

Back in February, she wrote a post of lonely patterns she had and one pattern which she had never found a review on. Lo and behold, it is a pattern I made both pieces to years ago! And I still have the items! The pattern was Vogue 8231. This was many moons ago, before I knew about patternreview so I never got around to reviewing them. So I figured now is as good a time as any. And hopefully my review will convince Stitchywitch (author of Green Apples) to make up this adorable pattern.

Before we get too far along though, I must confess, this was the third garment I ever made...and I also made it back in 2006, so my memories of the details might be fuzzy. What I do remember, is that this was my first time working with a polyester fabric and I did not know about how it does not hold a press. It almost drove me crazy trying to do hems on this thing!  (I was unaware of fusibles, and other helpful items for this)  Also, this wonderfully sparkly fabric left glitter everywhere. I swear I still find some every once in awhile. My machine needed a major cleaning after sewing this!

Why am I not wearing the garment you ask?  Well this was back when I assumed because I was so tiny, I was petite everywhere. So I dutifully petited this pattern on the fold line and made it up. It fits perfectly except it is so ridiculously short! Ridiculously so... This is the pattern that taught me I am long waisted and have average shoulders so I do not need petite on top however I will always need petite on bottom. So this sits weirdly on me. However, the rest of the sizing fits well...

Lastly, I remember hand sewing the lining of this thing forever! It has those typical vogue instructions that have you attaching the lining by hand everywhere. Back then I did not know any better...(yay online sewing community!) I will do a completely different lining method next time I make this because I do not appreciate hand sewing at

So without further ado...more pictures!
This was back when I had a machine that did 4 step buttonholes....I cannot believe I did so many!

button closeup....ha...slightly uneven...gotta love your beginning sewing...

 I have also made the skirt to this pattern and still wear it! I forgot to get a picture so I will get one tonight and then put up a review of the skirt so that pattern review will have not one, but two reviews of this pattern!!  The top and the skirt!

I hope this helps at least a little Stitchywitch!

Click here to see my review on pattern review.


  1. It's a shame it doesn't fit you right, cause it's really cute! That peplum is apparently "back in style" now!!

    1. I never thought it left! I have always loved me a good peplum :)

  2. Ooh, a review! Thank you so much for reviewing this pattern for me - it really helps! In fact, I am right now cutting this pattern out - I need a dress for the Kentucky Derby, and something about this one feels right. I'm making the same version you did - I think the sleeves are cute. It's too bad it doesn't fit you! I also have the petite issue - I'm super long waisted (and I'm not actually short enough for petite) but my legs are so short that I have to make all skirts/pants in petite sizes! I used to shorten tops until I figured out I should actually lengthen them sometimes.

    Thanks again - the review really helps!

    1. I cannot wait to see your version! I will try to review the skirt soon...make sure you check and make sure you do not need to lengthen this one! When I remake this one I will not only remove the petite, I will add length...its that short right now!


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