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Vogue 8737 – One Pattern Piece Top

OK, it isn’t literally one pattern piece, since there’s a single facing piece, too, but close enough .  .  .

The front and back are identical, and the only “trick” to the construction is that the front and  back pattern pieces must both be cut right-side up, which is a little counter-intuitive.  (Ditto for the facings!)

I couldn’t help myself; I had to see how it looked in a stripe:

The upper half is pretty standard, except for the interesting neckline, but the lower half is gathered at the side, giving the top a twisted look.

The hem can look asymmetrical in back (I didn’t straighten it for these too-spontaneous photos), and I kind of like the look:

I cut a size 12, and did a fake FBA by bumping out the pattern at the bust a bit; this works pretty well with knits.  The fit is quite comfortable, but the neckline is a little too big; I’ll change that next time.  This is a quick and easy top to make up; the neck facing  gives a fast, clean finish that I like very  much.

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  1. Susan
    August 27th, 2011 at 12:26 | #1

    I bought this pattern for the top. I like clothes a little different but not odd: the skirt as made on the pattern envelope is just bizarre. I sought out reviews today as I am ready to cut out this top in a black light-weight sweater knit. Your review was most helpful. Thanks.

    • August 27th, 2011 at 12:46 | #2

      Thanks, Susan. It’s a great top, and it should be wonderful in your sweater knit. As for that skirt . . . well, thank goodness Vogue felt they needed a top to go with it!

  2. August 9th, 2011 at 13:50 | #3

    Interesting top, and what a fun use of stripes!

  3. August 7th, 2011 at 10:08 | #4

    Wow, you are really churning them out aren’t you? Love this top, was very tempted to buy it but I prefer to buy patterns when there is more than one thing in the packet that I want to sew. Not a big fan of that skirt though.

    • August 7th, 2011 at 10:20 | #5

      That skirt is really off-putting, isn’t it? I’m glad I took a chance on the pattern, though, Lisa, since I think it’s going to be a long-term favorite. But I agree with you; I wish I’d gotten two good pieces from the envelope.

  4. August 7th, 2011 at 07:04 | #6

    Love this top, it’s too cute!!! I really like the “optical illusion” if the stripes! Very nice touch!

    • August 7th, 2011 at 07:09 | #7

      The stripes were a bit of a gamble, Myra, but I think the next one is going to be striped, too. This top would probably be great in a solid as well, but the extra ooomph of the horizontal lines is too fun to resist.

  5. Shams
    August 6th, 2011 at 23:08 | #8

    I LOVE this top!!! I have this pattern. I don’t know exactly why I bought it because the skirt is so half baked. The skirt completely distracted me and I didn’t notice the great top. So cute on you and what a great design!!

    • August 7th, 2011 at 07:07 | #9

      I totally agree about the skirt, Shams, and almost missed the top because of it. The top is a well-disguised gem!

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