Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Minerva Blogger Network. I’m still in shock at how fast the end of the year has come. As usual, because in September is my birthday, for this month’s Minerva post, I chose to make something that I don’t really need in my wardrobe but something I fancied to make just because. And I sort of fell in love with view A of this Vogue V9276 pattern.

As I am not really a gold kinda gal, I picked dark silver metallic cotton organza and black duchess satin for my bolero.  As the duchess satin is so much heavier that the organza, I chose not to interface it.

View A has 3 pattern pieces one for the bodice (which includes the sleeve), one for the sleeve puff and one for the bias tape. There is no wonder that it didn’t take me that long to make it, even though I was working with organza, which is known to be less stable.

Although the duchess satin is perfect for the sleeve cuff, I was worried that it would not work to fishing the neckline as it’s fairly heavier than the organza. In the end it worked ok. However in the future I’ll be more careful when choosing fabric to make bias tape from.

I was a little disappointed when I tried on the finished bolero, as I expected it to be a little longer on me, considering that the only modification made to the pattern was to only shorten the sleeve length.

My finished bolero looks almost like intended when it not tied in the front, but I think because my bust is much bigger than the model on the pattern envelope the hem is raised to account this.    

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:  Vogue 9276 – Shrug A has contrast cuffs, binding and ties. Shrug C has contrast binding and ties. Capelet D has purchased feathers, sequins, and wrong side of fabric will show. I made view A

Sizing:  S-XL all on one envelope

Fabric: 1.6 m dark silver metallic organza and 1.5m black duchess satin

Notions: for view A for 2 buttons (used poppers instead) with a diameter of 16 mm and 0.2 m of fringe (which I did not use), and interfacing (which I did not use)

Modifications: I cut size M and shortened the sleeves by 5 cm to account for my height (1,57 m or 5ft2). I used plastic poppers instead of making button holes and adding buttons on my sleeves. To make the bolero a little more fitted on me, I stitched an extra 5 cm (2 inches) on the bottom seam.

Instructions:  I did not use them apart from checking the seam allowance, so I cannot comment on them.

Fit:  I was ok, but I found it to be too short although I did not change the length on the bodice. It got better once I stitched the bottom seam an extra 5 cm on each side.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:    Not really. On the model the capelet the bottom hem is just above the waist. On me it sits just under my bust when is fastened at the front.

Watch out for:   keep in mind that if you have a bigger bust than the model on the pattern envelope the garment hem will sit higher on you.

Make Again?:   Yes,  but on my next make I’ll have to figure out how to add length without adding too much fullness into the sleeve. (NB: there is one pattern piece that includes the front and back bodice and the sleeve)

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Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick