I enjoy making and wearing clothes which are a little bit different. This Vogue designer top is cut out  on a single layer of fabric apart from the sleeves, so every piece is different. 

I chose this Lady McElroy single knit in Dusky Pink.

A jersey such as this one is perfect for this design. As it drapes well but yet holds its shape.

This is a loose fitting style, with or without sleeves and there are no fastenings.

A lot of the work is in the preparation and I found that it took me a couple of days to prepare everything but slightly less time to stitch it all together.

There are a lot of pattern markings and they all need to be transferred to the fabric. If this is not done and if the right and wrong side of each pieces  are not marked you will find it impossibily hard to sew it together .

I used a mixture of tailors tacks and chalk lines to show where the pleats will go. This has the added advantage of identifying the wrong side of the fabric. Any pieces where there were no pattern markings I drew a cross in chalk on the wrong side.

As each pattern piece was placed onto my fabric I marked it off on the instructions so that I would not miss any out. It is important to follow the grain lines and it is doubly important to have each pattern piece the right way up and facing in the correct direction.

It is best to be methodical in piecing this garment together 

I kept the paper pattern pieces pinned to the fabric whilst I put all the pieces in their relevant pile, eg left front, centre front, middle front, back and sleeves.

Starting with the left front I joined the pieces together, still keeping the pattern pieces loosely pinned on I moved onto the other rows to avoid confusion.

Once this has been done I then joined the left centre and right together to make one front and did the same for the back. 

I feel that it is far easier to follow the pattern instructions rather than going off piste as I normally do! It was certainly a quick and easy process to join all the bits together.

You will have a tangled pile of pattern pieces for this top, and if you were wondering why it was necessary to separate them into each section now you know!  Preparation is key to the success of this top and if you spend time getting everything ready then sewing will be a breeze.

The seams were all finished on my overlocker , but if you do not have one then use an overedge foot on your regular machine or even a zigzag to neaten the seams.

There are a lot of pattern markings inside the garment and the give the position of the pleats. Pin the pleats in place on the right side by bringing the edges together and tacking or pinning. Add or remove pleats until you are happy with the result.

There are various suggestions for dealing with the pleats. I chose a cross stitch design and stitched along the length of the pleats. Other suggestions care given including catching the pleats  just with one tiny button.

The back also is paneled and pleated.

The sleeves are the perfect length and I do love the cuff detail. 

This top is easy to wear, flattering, and being a Vogue designer garment is very different from anything you can buy in the shops.

It is not difficult to make, so long as you take all my points on board and spend time on the preparation you will sail through construction. 

I hope that you like this and decide to make your own version, you will certainly wow everyone when you wear it.

Angela

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