Vogue V9217 is a sewing pattern by designer Kathryn Brenne for Vogue Patterns Designer Original. These are usually not the easiest sewing patterns to make, but they are fun as a challenge or for an exclusive result.
I have taken up the challenge and have a few comments for those who will be making this sewing pattern.
The recommended fabrics are: mud silk, silk Twill and Habotai.
These are falling smoothly fabrics.
Note: for the jacket it is better to go for a taffeta silk that is a bit firmer and less flexible.
For the trousers: supple silk or crepe fabrics
For the vest: supple silk or crepe fabrics
For the jacket: a taffeta or slightly firmer fabric that varies in color on both sides.
This last comment is NOT mentioned on the sewing pattern and all this time I thought it was for a fed jacket that you could turn over so you would have the color differences like in the photo. Nothing is less true. The jacket is single-sided but has different colors on the outside and inside. It would have been better if this was clearer on the sewing pattern!
The entire sewing pattern (for the jacket) is therefore based on making it reversible: the jacket in such a way that you can wear it from the outside or turn it over and the inside is just as beautiful.
Photo's of the sewing-process on the Dutch blog;
Sewing the outfit:
The pants can be made without any problems. Do choose a dark color because the fabric is very thin and therefore translucent. The waist and elastic are beautiful and fun to learn, with an even piece of fabric at the front. Looks a lot nicer than with the elastic all the way through. The bottom of the pants is very difficult. The hem runs upwards so that you have a nice finish as a trouser leg. However: choose bias tape that has a little stretch, otherwise those bends will be impossible.
Nothing to note, except the same problem as with the pants. The entire vest is finished at the neck edge, sleeve holes and bottom with a bias tape that you cut yourself from the same fabric. Better to make sure there is a little bit of stretch, otherwise the curves won't look nice.
The instructions on the sewing pattern are clear and it is a lot of fun to make the hanging pockets and learn how to make a jacket so that you can turn it inside out. The finishing with a bias tape also applies here: make sure you use stretchy material!
The buttonholes are difficult to make in such a thin layer of fabric. If necessary, choose snaps or without buttons but with a belt around it.
The outfit will be for the summer, because the whole thing is even too thin to wear on a nice occasion in the fall or spring.
Realize that this sewing pattern will take you a lot of time, especially the bias tape all around you will have to do by hand to get it neat!
An over-thinker: it's nice to have such a nice jacket, but are you really going to wear it both ways: once on one side and the other time on the other side?
As long as you see this sewing pattern primarily as a very educational workshop, then it is worth it, but all in all it is not easy, the outfit is very baggy and loose and it will only look nice on a summer evening with chic accessories.
Sewing-wise, I am satisfied with the result.
The vest is of course always easy to wear with anything, the pants will come in handy in the summer. But the jacket... Given my fabric choice, it actually looks more like a pajama jacket. Sometimes made of real silk, so simply nice and luxurious for your home.
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