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Vogue 8771: more experiments in silhouette

Pattern: Vogue 8771

Fabric: Rayon/lurex jersey from


Have you ever finished something and then been unable to decide how you felt about it?  Because that’s where I am with this top!  Dolman sleeved tops are everywhere right now, and I must say that while I don’t mind them I’ve never found them easy to wear.  In my quest for new tops and tunics, I’m trying to get away from making the same silhouette over and over again.  I liked the looks of this pattern, and it was at any rate very simple.  I think it’s rather nice from the back:

It’s casual and not a little 80s, but I do like that view.  I find that when I try a new silhouette I need time to adjust to the idea of it before I can pass judgement.  I did get complimented by one of my piano students, a very worldly 10 year old who assured me that it was very “now and hip!”

I cut a size 8, and could have gone down a size I think.  There is plenty of easy built in!  Do watch the width of the hips though, as that area does run a tad smaller.  I constructed the top as called for in the pattern, with the exception of the hemline, which I left unfinished.  This knit is a rayon/lycra/lurex knit from  It’s very drapey, which works well for this pattern I think (the one on the website is made up in a thick ity, and I do not like the way it hangs.)  The fabric is metallic, which doesn’t photograph well, but I assure you that it is black with silver sparkles!

The pattern is not intended to be off the shoulder, but the neckline is wide.  It falls to the side naturally, so I just decided to go with it and wear a black tank underneath.  Other pattern quibbles… well, overall I thought it was well drafted.  It was a little tricky getting the cured sleeve panels in without puckering.

So in conclusion I’m reserving judgement until I have time to get used to the shape.  I’m sure I will wear it, as it’s comfortable and trendy.  This is one of the pieces I cut during my cutting marathon.  I’m pleased so far with my results of that experiment, as I guarantee you I would not have ever made this if it wasn’t cut and ready to go!