That's right...! This is technically my 3rd time tackling Vogue 8543. Despite that, I'm excited about the prospect of it. I cut a new muslin and made more pattern adjustments. By way of review, the first attempt resulted in a beautifully made suit FOR SOMEONE ELSE...because I didn't make the FBA. So, I gave it to a friend. The second attempt (a beautiful chocolate brown) met its death with the skirt--consequently, there are some major changes coming to the skirt pattern when I get to it. This third attempt has been forged in the fires of lessons learned along the way. Can you tell I really love the pattern--everything about it?!
Special note regarding the accessory:
The beautiful scarf that accents the suit was a gift from someone at church. Pamela Gaylord was a member of our church and sister in Christ who went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2010. Her husband wanted to honor her memory and impact on our church family, so he presented a few of her signature belongings to members of our church family.... The scarf was a gift to me. Though she's no longer with us, she left a powerful legacy of faith in her family and our church community. I was really honored to wear it with the suit. In fact, as I searched for buttons, I wanted something that would compliment the scarf as well.
Pattern Description: Jacket w/peplum and skirt
Pattern Sizing: I used 14-20 with a full bust alteration. I actually cut a size 18.... Praise God retail sizes are smaller than patterns! It took me two weeks to pin the pattern to the fabric--I kept saying, "there's no way I wear an 18...no way!!!!!" I know...I know...you're all saying, "you have to go by the actual measurements...." Yeah, yeah, WHATEVER! I usually make some speech about needing extra room for my bustline. While that may be true, my waistline was screaming, "I need room, too!" At the risk of sounding childishly vain, I was prepared to cut the 16, make the jacket and insist that Vogue has some pattern drafting and manufacturing issues...LOL! In the end, however, I loved the fabric too much to risk having another "do over" project.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely! I still love this pattern. I couldn't wait to make it in black. I knew it would be great. As a boost to my ego, I did have to make larger side seams just below the sleeves. I added a fourth button as a result of the FBA. I like the look....
Were the instructions easy to follow? I think the pattern was easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? My favorite details are the collar and sleeve. That skirt is "narly." I have some ideas about how to alter some of the details, but I will address that another time. I passed on the skirt this time and opted for the one from Vogue 8781 (which is fabulous).
Fabric Used: A twill polyester blend (?); it's great suiting. In fact, I loved it so much, I purchased it again (Hancock Fabrics) in order to make a different suit with slacks.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to make the full bust alteration in order to fit the jacket well for me. I really look forward to the day when ALL pattern companies jump on the band wagon and add alternate pattern pieces for C/D cups.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may not make it again; I highly recommend it to others. While I do love it, I think I'm tired of looking at the pattern. Perhaps I 8543d myself too much! :-)
Conclusion: Love it, love it, love it!!!