Vogue 1247 Shirt, or, Extreme Color Blocking


Yay! Back to sewing! I’ll show off my newly painted sewing room later, you know, after I clean it up. So that probably means sometime this summer…

This is the top from Vogue 1247 (I love the skirt, too, but I already have too many skirts).


Since it is loose fitting it was quick to put together. No fiddling with darts or fighting set in sleeves! I made a size 10, one size smaller than I usually make and two sizes smaller than the pattern measurements recommend, and I’m glad because any bigger and the top wouldn’t stay on my shoulders!


The whole thing required French seams which for a sheer fabric would have been great. For this fabric I think serging instead would have removed some bulk. It does make the inside look pretty, though.

Next time I might raise the neckline by a couple inches. With such a loose fit if I bend over you get a pretty wide view if you know what I mean. Ahem…

(batwings make for easy movement!)

I love the cool style lines on this top, very geometric. And yes, I realize my center front points aren’t matching exactly but I don’t care enough to fix them.


Talk about crazy color blocking – purple hair, teal shirt, red pants. From the neck down I’ve got a Christmas theme and from the waist up I’m channeling Mardi Gras or the Joker, not sure which.


The fabric is a lovely “Ocean Teal” raw silk noil. I’ve never worked with noil before but it’s got a lovely drape and the texture reminds me of a linen but with lots of little nubs all over. I debated for so long about what fabric to use with this pattern. I love this white version but I’m a tired of sewing pretty white fabric that turns out to be see-through. Teal is a much safer bet.


If you read my sewing resolutions and what I learned from my closet catalogue you’ll remember that solid color tops were high on my “needs” list. Check!

Also, these jeans are new, however they are not handmade and that makes me a little guilty. Going into the ethics of fast fashion vs. taking the time to make my own clothes requires a post of its own but I’m low on pants and I don’t plan on sewing some Clovers for a few weeks.

  • I love french seams, they are a nice finish! Top looks great.

  • Very cute. I like the colorblocking

  • Ooh I love this in a solid! Now I really want another one!

  • I oh-so-love this top – and your new purple hair!

    Picking up this pattern ASAP!!


    • thanks! and I’m liking the purple, too, I just wish it wouldn’t fade so fast!

  • I’m glad I bought the smaller set of sizes on this pattern then! I love this top made up in solids best.

    • I’m glad I bought the smaller set, too! I think solids really show off the cool seams.

  • this is fabulous! I dismissed this pattern when it came out, but now that I’ve seen your make, I’m definitely going to try it.

    love the colourblocking too – and your hair! really suits you 🙂

    • I dismissed it, too, until I found a version I really liked. Funny how that works sometimes.

      Thanks 😉

  • Oh, I love this top! I’m gonna have to get that pattern. I’ve seen a couple other versions that are really nice. That seaming at the front is so unique!

  • how fun! first of all, i love your hair. it’s so cute. it’s tempting me to go pink this summer.

    secondly, i LOVE that top! it’s such a great piece. that color is really flattering on you. thanks for the tips about sizing.

  • It looks great on you and I love the color, I really want to make this pattern sometime.

  • Such a lovely color! You have a dress in this color, right? Really nice on you.

    • Do I? Hmm, I’m running a blank right now… I’ll have to go look.


  • ooh! i love your teal version! the color works so well on you and the color blocking is so fun! i definitely think that this top works best in a solid color – it helps show off the seams, which are quite beautiful i think. thanks for the shout out to my white version, too!

    • thanks! and thanks for visiting my blog. I’m liking your clover alterations posts. 🙂

  • I love this top! I too have this pattern and did a version of it but it didn’t work out because I did it with fabric that was WAY too stiff. Not to mention it was HUGE. After reading your past, the next time I make it (which I hope will be soon; unfortunately, I’m missing the pattern piece for one of the front panels 🙁 ), I’ll make sure to cut it a smaller size than I’d normally be. 🙂

    • yeah, this shirt is super oversized! i hope you find your missing pattern piece and that your next version works better 🙂

  • I really like the shirt. It is very simple and understated – a classic. Is the pattern for all the same fabric or do they suggest different fabrics for each piece?

    • I’m sure you could do different fabrics for different sections. The two pieces on the bottom, front sides are cut on the bias so you could do something fun with a stripe print!