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Vogue 9055 Sweatshirt With Cowl Neck

Hi fellow sewers I'm Ruth and this is my first blog for Minerva, so I'm easing in gently!

When I first ordered the Knit Fabric I intended to make a long cardigan but when I saw it , all I could think was 'cowl neck'.

The fabric looks very fine, with a lovely black thread which shows up in the light but is also a very stable knit.

I wanted to make something that was fairly straightforward for my first blog post on Minerva. I had Vogue 9055  in my pattern stash and thought that as I've made quite a few other sweatshirts before it would be a good choice.

I chose to cut size small but then took 1cm seams as read it was close fitting, although on the pattern envelope it looks loose. I didn't want it skin tight. I also thought that the neck line looked quite low on the pattern envelope so I looked at various versions on the internet and held up the pattern piece against myself in the mirror. It turns out to be a perfect scoop neck with just the right amount of room for a necklace.

I also liked the shaping in the sides of the top as I find it more flattering.

The fabric washed very well and kept its shape. When I was cutting out I held it with my hand as you can see in the photo to keep it stable.

I took deep cuts with the scissors. There was some fraying but not a lot.

Then I did tailor tacks for the bust darts. There is a two part sleeve and an interesting construction of the neckline, but very straightforward.

I interfaced the top of the sleeve with Prym Bonding Tape and around the neck edge as I thought it might stretch out. I applied it by iron.

As I was making the cowl neck version (version C) once the sleeves are inserted the cowl neck just fits well and easily into the neckline.

I used a stretch stitch on my machine throughout the construction and overlocked the seams to neaten them.

The sweatshirt is fairly long, which is quite obvious on the pattern, but something to be aware of if you are shorter than me, I'm 5'61/2". The front is slightly higher than the back. I turned up a double hem as directed and sewed it with a straight stitch which was fine.

It is topstitched in stages, up the sleeve insert and round the neckline, which I think finishes it off nicely. I'm very pleased with this top. It is warm but lightweight, so is perfect for milder weather or could be layered with a camisole or tee shirt.

It feels quite glamorous wearing it with my white jeans and is a gorgeous colour. It was a lovely day when we photographed it which is always a bonus. I think this pattern would also work well lengthened into a dress, perhaps keeping the curved hem to add interest.

The fabric given to me by Minerva is very stable and has sewn up really well. It is available in two other colours, burgundy and green.

I chose the turquoise colour based on other items in my wardrobe and my preferred colour palette.

Well there you are, an honest review of Vogue 9055. I think it's a good basic pattern with neckline and sleeve options. It was perfect paired with this drapey knit. Thank you for reading and Minerva for the supplies. Until next time.

Ruth x

@ruthiesews

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