Saturday, July 28, 2012

Vogue 1247, skirt love and the top. . .not so much

Strictly adhering to my summer plan to make useful separates I have finally gotten around to Vogue 1247, Rachel Comey skirt and top.  There are many examples of this pattern around the web. Some make only the skirt, others just sew the top and there are also some fantastic outfits to be seen.  My current favorite is Merche with her turquoise skirt  and striped top.  I think the top is really successful in stripes plus her photos are very beachy so of course they look great to me.
What did I think of this pattern?  As I said in the title of the post, love the skirt! Super cute, easy to fit, I can see this working in all kinds of cottons but also in winter weight fabrics.
Vogueskirt and top3
But the top . . .I dunno,  it's just not me.  I was going for a cool, slouchy look, with my shades on. All I can think when I look at this top is . . . nurse's scrub top.    Eek, now I said it and you can't get it out of your head either.  Am I right? Plus it's not your eyes, my outdoor photos were all a bit fuzzy. No matter what is is physically impossible not to put your hands in the pockets when wearing this skirt.

V1247 skirt and top
I am making it sound worse than it is, I really like the outfit.  The top fabric is a remnant I had leftover from making a blouse for a client, it is a Mark Jacobs cotton lawn we ordered from Fashion Fabrics Club.  The skirt is a stretch denim my neighbor Alice gave me ages ago.  So cost of outfit, zero.  That is certainly in its favor.  
Maybe because I had all kinds of issues with the fit of the top and did major surgery on it to get it to feel comfortable and not like I was wearing something 3 sizes too big. I will do a follow up post on changes I made to the top pattern and some ideas I have for modifying the skirt pattern.  

Vogue 1247 skirt and top pattern
It is an interesting exercise to make something out of my usual zone, however it did end up confirming that I am not a loose and flowy style person.  And this top is not really all that loose and flowy!  
Onward, to continue with my summer separates.  Plus I had a brainwave one night and devised a plan to refashion one of my yet unseen one-hit-wonders into a wearable summer dress.  More on that to come.

Stay cool, Happy Summer sewing, Beth

Easter LilySunnyGal garden, a Lily that bloomed at the end of June.


  1. I like this outfit, but if the top doesn't feel like "you", then listen to your gut. Great fabric.

  2. It is a cute skirt! I made it last year but plan on making it again soon.
    I never liked the top on the pattern envelope as it just looks too big and boxy. I hadn't thought of it as nurses/scrubs but you are right! It has that vibe!!!

  3. This skirt pattern really is unique and cute. I am sure you will get lots of wear out of it. On the top, you've done a great job, as always. It is unfortunate that the print doesn't show off the interesting design lines. I wouldn't have noticed them if I hadn't popped over to see the striped version you mentioned. Still it looks cool and comfy for summer! I think I may have to keep my eyes out for this pattern too.

  4. I can only confirm what you already know and what others have said before me..." cute skirt" the top is cute as well, and I wonder if you might prefer it with some skinny capris? I have a difficult time with the loose and flowy thing. I am drawn to it visually but I feel lost in it when I attempt to wear it myself.

    As always beautifully executed:)

  5. I know what you mean about the top and for all of the reasons you stated are why I didn't make it. However, the skirt. I love my skirt and keep saying that I need to make another one. Your outfit is very pretty but you have to be comfortable in it. I know you will get a lot of use out of the skirt!

  6. I love this pattern, both top and skirt; it is one of my favourites! I know what you mean about the top looking like a scrubs top; I happen to like this look too :)

  7. I've seen several renditions of this skirt and every one looks nice! I like your top, but I understand how you feel as I don't quite feel right in these kind of styles. It looks lovely and relaxed looking on the model, but she is of totally different proportions to most of us!
    I like Lynne's idea of trying it with skinny pants too.

  8. Hello Beth! I like the shirt fabric so much! I´m sorry you don´t like the look of it on you, but as Shams said you just should listen to your gut. It takes some time to get used to something that is not your kind of thing at first then it grows on you. The top and skirt together is not something to go to a cocktail with but it sure makes a great combo for everyday life, I´m using both pieces a lot this summer, they are comfy and chic. I think you will get to like it more with time. Thanks for the link, you are sweet!

  9. I'm with you in the shirt! I have this pattern and have not made it yet but you have inspired me to pull it out soon! Your skirt is absolutely adorable on you! Sadly though, I would feel the exact same way about that top on me too! I bought the pattern originally for the top!

  10. I'm with you. I have made both the skirt and top twice and I still think the top look like I'm wearing scrubs. I wear the tops hanging aroung the house. They are super comfortable but baggy and not very flattering on me. I too did many alterations to the top to try and make it work.

  11. I think you look great in both the garments, but like everyone else said: If you don't feel comfortable in it then you probably shouldn't wear it.

    I always fall for slouchy tops, but they just don't really fit my body type. Still, I keep searching for one that does fit me. I won't give up! :-)

  12. The outfit looks just fine on you. But of course, if you are comfortable in form fitting clothes, then the top is not for you. I think it's great!

  13. Having just made a top that is also "just not me", I completely understand how you feel. The shirt however, does not remind me of a nurse's scrub top in the least! As a matter of fact, I like it on you and think it's cute.
    It looks cool and breezy so hopefully it is at least comfortable!

  14. I've made a few scrub tops in my time. It's always such a disappointment! I love that fabric, though. I should pick up that skirt pattern, it does look like fun to wear.

  15. The outfit looks very pretty, cool and comfortable. But the top is definitely not what I think of as your usual style. I recently made a loose fitting top, as the style seems to be making a comeback, and felt a bit sloppily dressed when I wore it.