Vogue matchmaking with 8799 And Butterick 5991

Once more I have heard the sorrowful pleas of a skirt that is tired of its black tshirt partner. I can’t blame it really, it’s not doing either of us any justice!  Last year I whipped up Butterick 5991 and I love it! So easy!!!


I’ve been trying to make my style match my life- work, play, age, whatever. This is hard when you like to think of yourself like this:                       psssst- The one on the right!!!


But your work, age, and social inclination is inching you closer to this fabulous ladys style:


Seriously- I know she’s got 40 years on me, but her fab style is burning Maggie!


So todays plan is a very subtle swing in this direction by way of Vogue and the middle east. Vogue 8799 has really fun lines to it and I’ve been wanting to make the top for quite a while. I don’t remember when I got this placemat material – it’s heavy and frays like a teachers nerves the day before a break.  But the weave intrigued me. So I made a love connection!


Now this top took some work and 5 bobbins worth of tangerine! I had some major fit issues. I did my usual humpback whale alterations, and did a little try on. Holy Priceless collection of Etruscan snoods, Batman! That is a lowcut top! Seriously. I sensed it was low, but I didn’t realize I could scratch my belly from the neckline! So I removed the front panel, eyed the circles on  the pattern, which yes, they did match  and decided to add 4 yes, 4 inches to it. 4 inches. The length of Africa’s goliath beetle! Don’t say I don’t strive to educate here, folks.

Ok, now I can leave the house in it. Being that it goes from winter (burr) to hades here in SC very quickly, I didn’t line this- before I finalized my shoulder seams, I made a facing tracing around it. Much better for my heavy bizarro basket weave fabric.

So I have a very unrecognizable salute to a Kameez- or Salwar suit top.

salwar suit


I’ve been on pinterest looking at these until my eyes bled this morning. beautiful stuff! I really think my tunic love is moving seriously in this direction! But then I wore my orange placemat to work and we aren’t quite there yet. I like it in theory, but not until some new life lessons hit me this week regarding my clothing and style needs did it hit me. It’s hard. This fabric is hard. It does not flow, it does not drape. It feels like part of me is in a plaster cast and I don’t feel comfortable in it.Let’s sneak up on the style lines first:


So far so good, but look at how it climbs up- so stiff! Orange kevlar. So stylish.


Now, opposite extreme:


That’s Butterick 6183- a Lisette in a soft cotton that feels like I’m wearing a pillowcase- in that good way. Very similiar shape, but totally different feel. Soon to be incontinent model pose:


So comfortable!


Lesson? I need to keep moving in the style direction I am trying, but keep the fabric fluid and sensual- wear it, don’t armour up in it! I look like a warning in this!


photo credits: pattern review, meadhawg, pinterest,bbc, pattern review. All images remain the property of their original owners.

56 thoughts on “Vogue matchmaking with 8799 And Butterick 5991

  1. Oh, I so love both and I am wondering with the orange beauty that if you made it sleeveless? I’d hate to have you ship it off to the other world where some of my sewing mishaps have gone! It’s such a pretty color on you!


  2. You continue to make me laugh out loud! Orange Kevlar–I will add that to my list of fabric foibles. My current target is the Pilling of Knitwear. I made a top, ate my dinner and had pilling along the waist and sleeves. I didn’t even have to cut my steak, so must blame it on reaching for the wine glass. Love your blog! You had me subscribe with your Film noir post.


  3. Love these tops, the orange looks great on you too bad you find the fabric to be too stiff. The Butterick top looks so comfortable, I’ll have to give that pattern a closer look.


  4. marysews says:

    I like the second top better, but I really want to know about the skirt. I have that fabric but haven’t done anything with it yet.


  5. Oh, I like the orange top. Too bad it’s not comfortable. I understand. I’m all about comfort myself.

    By the way, since you’ve been thinking in that direction, have you ever taken a look at Advanced Style? Honestly, I’m not terribly impressed with the latest posts but if you dig deep enough into the archives you’ll find some more interesting stuff.


  6. There are still places in Northern Ireland where orange kevlar vests are de-rigueur! You’re just in the wrong country. However, I really like the overall shape on you- neckline, sleeves and length – make it again in another fabric.


  7. I love how you’ve centered the pattern on the blue top–very pretty and ultra girly. The orange fabric has such cool texture too. May we all aspire to be half as stylish as Dame Judi.


  8. Pair it with a pencil skirt & Joan Holloway springs to mind. Actually if it’s even possible to combine both top then it be my color combination heaven. You look great. So just suck up! 😉


  9. New to your blog and loving it. I like both styles on you and I love the orange. Wish I could wear orange! You know, I’m looking at the HBC outfit and I’m thinking you would look great in a jacket and skirt in a bright plaid.


  10. We all have to try different things to see what works, but it really sucks when the pattern isn’t the problem and the fabric is! I say give the orange another go with some better fabric and see the magic happen. 😉


  11. bimbleandpimble says:

    I think we should all aim for tops to feel like wearing pillowcases. But only those crazy lovely ones from hotels… Also, HBC is pretty much the bees knees. More plaid for us all!

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  12. redsilvia says:

    It is a shame it’s not comfortable, because it’s cute. Plus it’s orange and that is always amazing. You should try it sleeveless if it’s impeding your arm raising in case of hold up, though you’d be fine if shot in the torso since it’s kevlar.


  13. That orange top is divine and the colour is gorgeous. Such a shame it is not comfortable and rides up. The skirt with it is fabulous. Love your second top too.


  14. That Lisette top is where its at! I can’t wait to see it become a TNT for you…so many options with those flattering seams. I am no longer on the fence about the pattern now that I’ve seen how well you rock it.


  15. Oh what a shame to make such a gorgeous top out of what turned out to be armour… I’ve done it myself! I would offer that hopeful chant ‘it might soften up with a few washes?’, but we all know the sad truth… Lack of movement aside, the fit is really nice 🙂


  16. I love the neckline on the Orange top. You definitely need to have another go at it in a fabric with more drape. Not sure why autocorrect capitalized orange, but I’m leaving it 🙂


  17. Winny says:

    I think the orange Vogue top looks awesome!!! The blue top – it looks kinda bland – maybe because the neckline looks too high. Maybe it needs some ‘interest’ at the neckline, like a necklace or a collar or a scarf? But the orange one looks great!


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