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V8584: The sueded silk edition

2011 August 7
by elizabeth_admin

I’m going to apologize right up front here.  The photo I took of my pants sucks.  I just can’t seem to get any consistency with my point & shoot camera ever since I let the little boy who lives with me play around with the camera.  Lesson learned.

I made my 2nd version of Vogue 8584 on Thursday night (after watching both episodes of Project Runway) just in time for my dinner on Friday night.


I did not encounter any problems making this pant.  The silk was a dream to work with.  I will admit to some cursing as I was ensuring the straight of grain before I cut out my pieces, but after that it was smooth sailing.  My machines, which I had serviced before I went on my trip, were purring.  I know people use that turn of phrase often, but really, they really did purr.  I think they work even better than when I had them new out of the box.  Seriously!  I’m in love.  Before I had the serger serviced, the stitches hung off the edge of the fabric.  Now they right up against the edge, nice and tidy.  The thread tension of the upper and lower loopers is just perfect.  My Viking Emerald 183 has the best stitching now.  Before, I was unhappy with the bobbin tension and couldn’t get it right.  And now?  I make gorgeous stitch after stitch.  All is right with the world.  🙂

I didn’t take any construction shots of this pair as it’s pretty much the same as the last pants.  Initially I thought I would do the elasticized ankles, but when I mocked it up on my body, I hated how much shorter that style made me look.  I think it has to do with the fact that the pant legs are wide.  If they were slimmer it might work.  I topstitched the side seams again.

The pants were so luxurious feeling to wear.  The drape, the softness, the sueded feel were just awesome.  I loved the swish of the pant legs.  So much fun to wear these pants.  Really.  I’m sure you all know the smug satisfaction you feel when you’ve sewn a winner right?  Love that feeling.  😉

Since this is my second version of this pattern, I have discovered one thing that I would change if I make them again, the crotch curve.  It hugs my behind a little too much.  I think I need to carve out some room there next time.  I will compare it to my pant moulage crotch curve to see what the difference is.  I think it’s just a case of too much room in the front and not enough room in the back.

Anyhoo, here’s my craptastic shot of what I wore to dinner on Friday night.


Next up is a maxi dress using this fabric.  I think I really like it with the stripes horizontal.  I was thinking a shirred bodice with shoulder straps.  Really just two simple rectangles, shirred at the top, with shoulder straps.  I will probably put some elastic at the top of the bodice.  I might add another elastic casing where the skirt joins the shirred bodice, but haven’t decided yet if it needs it.  Any construction advice?

Happy sewing everyone!

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Holle permalink
    August 7, 2011

    Great pants. I’m still trying to find a pant pattern i can turn into a TNT. Looks like you have a pretty good one there.

    On your camera, you can probably reset it back to its default settings and “start from scratch. I know my Canon has that option.

    As for the maxi, I’ve made a few this summer because they seem to be the coolest option in the Texas heat. I have a very very (very) full bust and absolutely have to put elastic in it. Otherwise, it just hands from my bustline and i look like a walking blob. The elastice allows me to pretend i have a waistline. 🙂

    Speaking of full bust line, i loved your post about the sheath vs. shift dresses. Ive picked up a couple of shift dress patterns with intentions of making them, but havent for some reason. Your post helped me to understand why those patterns havent been sewn.

    Keep up the great work. I love reading about your creations!

  2. August 7, 2011

    Your pants look really nice.

  3. Laurie permalink
    August 7, 2011

    Those pants look really good! I like the top just as much…is there a pattern or is it RTW?

  4. August 7, 2011

    They are great. I can’t wait to make up my spring pants and am still looking for the elusive sueded silk.

  5. August 8, 2011

    Oh, your pants sound fantastic!

    With maxi dresses I like to do a really deep hem to make it hang nicely, and it’s easier if you face the hem. On the other hand your silk sounds so fluid you possibly want to go with the opposite so as not to weigh it down?

  6. raqskie permalink
    August 8, 2011

    Those pants look great. THank you for showing them. I’ve had this pattern for a while and made some cotton “house pants’ with it. I’ve had the plan to make them in silk and was just wondering what they would look like…

  7. August 9, 2011

    Nice pants! I like the top you paired them with–it’s a good combo of fitted and flowy.

  8. August 9, 2011

    I love your trousers. Very elegant!

    As for the maxi dress, I agree with Holle. I think elastic under the bust draws it in to give the dress more shape. I guess it depends how your fabric drapes. Did you see Sharon’s maxi tutorial? She used two elastic casings and no shirring.

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