Thursday, October 6, 2011

Gorgeous Georgette - Vogue 2850

Gorgeous Georgette - Vogue 2850

Vogue 2850 by Anna Sui
I loved this Anna Sui pattern from the moment I saw it, but wasn't sure how it would look on me. It's a lot more soft and feminine than the other things I wear, so I didn't want to risk spending too much on fabric just in case I didn't like the result much.

One day I spied this gorgeous blue georgette in a sale at Spotlight. It was the most fabulous colour and of course, being georgette, the ideal drape for the project.

When I first started cutting out the pattern tissue they seemed to be the most improbable shapes, with big curving swoops and spirals. I decided that I should just trust in all the Vogue patterns that I've made previously and not worry about the physics.

Let me say, you need patience in spades to make this top. Every piece has to be cut on a single layer of very delicate slippery fabric, making a lot of pieces.

Then there's the hemming. The cover photo shows a satin overlock stitch on the chiffon, but I chose to narrow hem every single piece that required it - and it was worth every single minute for the finish I managed to achieve.

When I first put the top on, I was struck by a couple of things. Firstly how low that front is. It's not shamefully low, just lower than I'm used to wearing. I think I'll put a tiny clear snap at the overlap to ensure that there are no 'wardrobe malfunctions'.

Secondly, the empire waist. Throughout the planning stage, I had to fight the urge to lower the waist to be in a natural position - and I'm so glad I did! The silhouette as intended is incredibly flattering, and a delight to wear.

I'm happy wearing it with jeans or dressier garments.

I would highly recommend making this top, and unusually for me, I plan to make it again!


  1. Wow, that is such a pretty top. You look lovely in it.
    I have this pattern, and it has just moved much closer to the head of the queue.

  2. A beautiful top and so flattering

  3. I can only imagine how much patience this took. It is absolutely beautiful. I love the style on you.

  4. So pretty and flattering. I know georgette can be hard to work with but you did a great job.

  5. I just found your blog through your Jalie review at PR. I've had a quick browse through your projects and I feel inspired! This top particularly is just gorgeous on you.

  6. This is such a pretty feminine top. Well worth all the time and work to hem the edges of the flounces.