Vogue 8950


13 May Vogue 8950

Had I planned to be gone forΒ over two weeks I would have announced a short leave of absence. I’ve been sewing like crazy on non-blog related projects, one of which involved sewing red cheerleading skirts for grown men participating in a Cancer Association fundraiser – thankfully it was a great success πŸ˜‰

I’m happy to be back and am in the midst of some stash busting. This project, inspired by the hundreds of shapeless tops I see online and in the stores was an immediate gratification project, and one I hope to fine tune next time around.


The pattern Vogue 8950Β was completed from start to finish yesterday afternoon.


V8950 sketch

I skipped out on making a muslin, and although my top very much resembles the sketch, IΒ did not achieve the ‘semi-fitted’ fit found in the pattern description.

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I combined the remnant of a black mystery knit purchased at Mood Fabrics (sewn many times before), with a flexible black cotton eyelet also purchased from Mood.

IMG_0110I doubt either of these fabrics are still available, but in my opinion a better choice for the top would be one of Mood’s fantastic mesh fabricsΒ offered in several colors and designs, my favorite being the Wonder Mesh – I want some!

Many aspects of the pattern worked well for this project. The neckline is finished with a narrow hem which is a perfect technique for the eyelet, and the high/low hemline provided a visual balanceΒ for the loose fit. My only change to the pattern was converting the two-piece long sleeve into a single piece.

IMG_0121This basic pattern is truly a keeper with loads of possibilities – check out one of my inspiration sitesΒ here on the Sak’s page! I know I’m going to love the top – not only is it cool, but the sleeves are mosquito proof – reason enough to give that Power Mesh a try!


Back to more Summer Stash Busting!

Be back soon πŸ™‚

  • Melanie Leigh
    Posted at 10:28h, 13 May Reply

    I love all you pattern choices. Inspiring me to actually sew for myself again.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:34h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Melanie! I hope you’ll give sewing for yourself again a try soon πŸ™‚

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 10:33h, 13 May Reply

    Well Sarah, you’ve doneiit again….I’m off to buy that pattern….it is so sophisticated….love it! Think it will be my next make as soon as I get back from London, leave Friday…..Chelsea Flower Show, Alexander McQueen Exhibit….and naturally fabric shopping! A nice birthday week from my hubby….meeting girlfriends who are coming off of Marci Tilton’s Paris Tour….. LAURA

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:35h, 13 May Reply

      W h a t ? ? ? ……… You’re going on one of my fantasy trips, Laura! Have a great time and thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ !!

  • monika gindner
    Posted at 10:39h, 13 May Reply

    I enjoy your site very much I checked out the tops on the Saks website. I must say you make a much better model that what was shown. Thank you Uah

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:36h, 13 May Reply

      LOL – thank you, Monika! I do like to smile more than the models do……. but they sure are nice and thin πŸ˜‰

  • Trudi Gardner
    Posted at 10:40h, 13 May Reply

    Lovely!…..as usual!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:36h, 13 May Reply

      Many thanks, Trudi!

  • Gayle
    Posted at 10:59h, 13 May Reply

    I love your top! It is so well done, as usual. You have such good ideas for combining fabrics and everything fits so well. You are an inspiration and I wish I could churn things out as fast as you do. I’ve been working on a muslin for about a week and don’t have the fit I want yet!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:37h, 13 May Reply

      I’ve been in your shoes, Gayle, but once you get that muslin to fit you’ll forget all about the week of fitting πŸ˜‰
      Good luck and thank you for the nice comment!

    • GayleMI
      Posted at 12:19h, 24 July Reply

      I did make a top similar to your black one and I love it! Thank you for your inspiration!!

  • Elena
    Posted at 11:03h, 13 May Reply

    As always, so chic. I love your vibrant colors, but black and white looks great too. Now, about that b/w striped bag…??? I need it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:38h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Elena! The bag is a Michael Kors I picked up on sale at Steinmart πŸ˜‰

  • Meme
    Posted at 11:35h, 13 May Reply

    Your top is lovelier than any of the Akris Punto tops on the Saks website. How rewarding to take the inspiration and make it better! You continue to inspire and motivate us all.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:39h, 13 May Reply

      What a nice comment, Meme! I continue to be inspired by Akris Punto…….love the nice clean lines πŸ™‚

  • Mary Frances Giattina
    Posted at 12:01h, 13 May Reply

    Love your new top! How did you finish the seams? Thanks for inspiring so many of us – just wish I had more time to sew πŸ™‚

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:45h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Mary Frances! I ran the side seams through the serger before stitching and pressed open. The shoulders and arms were finished on the serger after they were stitched. A narrow hem was used for the lower edges πŸ˜‰

  • NaTisha
    Posted at 12:43h, 13 May Reply

    Very Nice. I’ve never known what to do with mesh. Thanks for the idea

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:46h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Natisha! Check out Erica’s dress on the Mood Sewing Network. She rocked the mesh for sure πŸ™‚

  • Marla Cooprider
    Posted at 13:08h, 13 May Reply

    Looks very nice and comfy for summer! I need to locate some fabric that protects from the sun. This looks light and airy. πŸ™‚


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:00h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Marla! Breezy + sun protection = win in my book πŸ™‚

      • Marla Cooprider
        Posted at 20:00h, 13 May Reply

        Yes! I am allergic to the sun so sun protection is important! This long sleeved top would be nice on hot days! I need to find some lightweight UVA protected fabrics.

  • Joen Venitsky
    Posted at 13:34h, 13 May Reply

    Thanks for the inspiration, I have this pattern on my to be sewn list. I also think I have some mesh – lacey fabric in my stash that I believe was to be a beach cover up at some point. Your top looks very comfortable and stylish.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:01h, 13 May Reply

      Many thanks, Joen! Sounds like you’ve got what you need to get started – good luck πŸ™‚

  • Lori
    Posted at 14:01h, 13 May Reply

    Very pretty fabric for this pattern. I have made it once and it ran larger but I will love it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:02h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Lori! Even the illustration looks big, but the new photograph on the website looks fitted. I’m going to try it once more πŸ™‚

  • justine
    Posted at 14:16h, 13 May Reply

    It’s cute! I could see making a few in the short sleeved version for summer.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:03h, 13 May Reply

      Many thanks, Justine and I agree!

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 14:45h, 13 May Reply

    Ooo this is such a great top, Sarah. I especially love the drape of the back and how well you’ve fit it. I’ve only used power mesh for lining knits but I would love to try some of these more decorative ones. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:04h, 13 May Reply

      Many thanks, Julie for your comment! The back fits but I’d like the overall garment to be just a smidgen smaller πŸ™‚

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 15:22h, 13 May Reply

    Love the different fabrics!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:04h, 13 May Reply

      Thanks, Becky!

  • Barbara Anderson
    Posted at 16:47h, 13 May Reply

    Good morning Sarah, enjoying my morning coffee here in New Zealand while reading your post . You and your top look fab as always! Did you find that the pattern run a little large? I buried my creation but now seeing your top makes me want to try it again!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:05h, 13 May Reply

      I did find the pattern to run large. I made my usual adjustments in the length and plan to make it again……. smaller πŸ˜‰

  • Jeannie Crockett
    Posted at 16:54h, 13 May Reply

    Great top! I love the covered up, but still cool aspect.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:05h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Jeannie!

  • Vicki Maiorano
    Posted at 17:12h, 13 May Reply

    What a great top. Simple but lovely.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:25h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Vicki! Simple indeed …….. my elusive dream for all sewing; simple but lovely πŸ™‚

  • McCallPatternCompany
    Posted at 17:16h, 13 May Reply

    Love this top on you!! Mesh!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:28h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, McCall! Can’t wait to sew this one again πŸ™‚ !

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 17:18h, 13 May Reply

    Love your new top, Sarah! I’m getting this pattern and make some of that wonder fabric from Mood, too! You’ve been missed lately! But what could be more important or more fun than making cheerleading skirts for a group of men!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:29h, 13 May Reply

      Many thanks, Cissie! It was one of my few ventures in to unselfish sewing, but who can resist sewing for cheerleaders in drag πŸ˜‰ ?
      Can’t wait to see YOUR mesh top!

  • Diane Delaney
    Posted at 17:37h, 13 May Reply

    What an inspiration you are, I have just ordered this pattern from Amazon, it’s such a great pattern looks wonderful on you.
    Thanks for sharing, Diane

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:30h, 13 May Reply

      Oh good! I hope you’ll send me a photo of your top, Diane. Many thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 18:33h, 13 May Reply

    I love your fabric choice for this top! Sooooo cute and your accessories really make the outfit shine!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:31h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! Is there a more beloved color combo than black and white……. and with good reason πŸ™‚

  • Deborah Richardson
    Posted at 19:25h, 13 May Reply

    This is one of my favorites!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:32h, 13 May Reply

      Many thanks, Deborah! Sometimes simple is the way to go πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Ioannides
    Posted at 20:29h, 13 May Reply

    One could even conduct in this one!! Very nice!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:17h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! It’s certainly the right color πŸ™‚

  • Terri Kawucha
    Posted at 20:39h, 13 May Reply

    I just finished making this top yesterday & it is one off the few I know I will use again! I left the length (shorter) as is & found it a little too long so will shorten the next one. I’m only 5’2. I have a light weight white Ponte & white cotton stretch lace for the contrast – can’t wait to stitch it up. Can’t wait to find some of the power net here in Canada (hopefully in Navy) Love seeing what you make!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:18h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you, Terri! I too, am 5’2″ and everything is long on me. This will be beautiful in white – good luck πŸ™‚ !!

  • Angela
    Posted at 21:04h, 13 May Reply

    A great fabric combo, elevating a comfortable everyday top to something special. Thanks again for the inspiration:)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:19h, 13 May Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Angela πŸ™‚ My idea of a good pattern is one that can serve many purposes!

  • Linda LaMona
    Posted at 05:33h, 14 May Reply

    Truly love this tunic top!!! Great combination of fabrics. Though you think the fit is not quite like you want, I think it looks good on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:19h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you, Linda! I think it looks just fine, but know it could look better with a few minor adjustments here and there πŸ˜‰

  • Sew, Jean Margaret
    Posted at 06:49h, 14 May Reply

    Beautiful top. Love how you have combined it with the white pants and striped bag. Very smart outfit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Jean!

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 07:31h, 14 May Reply

    I love everything about this top – the fit, the combination of fabrics, the styling! You’ve done it again! Cindy

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:39h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you, Cindy! What a nice comment πŸ™‚

  • Martha Ann Murray
    Posted at 08:33h, 14 May Reply

    Love it! Did you shorten it as much as you usually do? Headed for Italy and Switzerland – hope I have time to search for a fabric shop or two!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 08:40h, 14 May Reply

    Many thanks, Martha! I did shorten the pattern in all the usual places. Have a great trip!! πŸ™‚

  • Carol de Villiers
    Posted at 10:35h, 14 May Reply

    It may not have had a muslin, but it is perfect! I would make one like that in a heart beat…. may have to look that pattern up. Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:28h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you, Carol! It’s not purrrrrrrfect, but I do like it Hopefully next time πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Miller
    Posted at 11:37h, 14 May Reply

    Sarah, This is another beauty. And……I think it may be the first pattern I make in my official “return to sewing”, which will begin (finally) next week! I had decided upon a peasant blouse because of its simplicity, but I think this will look much more polished. Can’t wait for your next installment. Jen, NY

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:27h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you, Jennifer! I hope you’ll give this one a try – in my opinion it’s easier than a peasant blouse πŸ˜‰

      • Jennifer Miller
        Posted at 18:50h, 01 June Reply

        Hi Sarah, I have purchased the pattern (my first in forever!) but did not find a fabric that suited me. Will shop again tomorrow. Just so you know, my long-promised blog is live! I’m a little jittery about that, too. Thanks for your always inspiring posts and always encouraging responses. Jen.

  • Robin
    Posted at 12:04h, 14 May Reply

    I love that top! And I think you got a really nice fit. I’m just about finished with a couple of craftsypatternmaking classes (Susy Furrer’s moulage and sleeve classes) and my new sloper will be perfect for tops like this.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:26h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you, Robin! I’m enjoying following your MOB journey.. and am envious of that fitting session you had with Kenneth πŸ˜‰

  • Mary Fioretti
    Posted at 12:31h, 14 May Reply

    So darling. I’m going to have to pick that pattern up too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:25h, 14 May Reply

      It’s an easy one, Mary! Many thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  • Leslie Bonner
    Posted at 08:57h, 15 May Reply

    Love your new top and one of those rare patterns I don’t have in my collection. I’ll have to remedy that during the next sale at JoAnn’s. I love mesh fabric for Spring/Summer. While they are not natural fibers, the sheerness gives the fabric the Spring/Summer vibe and allows you to feel the movement of air. In the Apparel section of The Artful Home they have several mesh tops on the pricey side but l think it’s a pretty look.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:28h, 16 May Reply

      Thank you, Leslie for the comment, and many thanks for introducing me to The Artful Home website! Lots of inspiration to be found there πŸ™‚

  • Ginger
    Posted at 10:39h, 15 May Reply

    You always manage to look both comfortable and chic. How do you do it?!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 16 May Reply

      You’re so kind, Ginger. Comfortable…. yes. Chic? Well, I try but I dunno πŸ˜‰

  • CarolinasCallin
    Posted at 11:40h, 15 May Reply

    Oh, LOVE that, Sarah! I love all the loose tops that are so fun and easy to wear, but am OVER the crazy hemlines and tons of fabric! How did I miss this pattern?! Great idea to use the mesh with the knit, too.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:33h, 16 May Reply

      Hi Cheryl! I constantly overlook patterns but looking at the line drawing gives me an entirely new perspective on the pattern. This is an easy and worthwhile pattern for sure!

  • Lisa in Dallas
    Posted at 13:36h, 15 May Reply

    I always do a mental happy dance when I see your name in my blog feed. You never disappoint. Congrats on another great finish. You always pick really nice color combinations and styles.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:34h, 16 May Reply

      Thank you for this lovely comment, Lisa! πŸ˜‰

  • Myra
    Posted at 15:31h, 16 May Reply

    This is beautiful Sarah!! I love the way you styled your top and the fabric selections! You have inpeccable style!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:31h, 17 May Reply

      Ah…… that’s such a sweet comment, Myra! Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Cindy C.
    Posted at 20:22h, 16 May Reply

    I actually think the drape of the top, with the wider bottom falling in waves, is extremely feminine and quite different from your other tops. The loose fit looks perfect for hot and humid days, where you might want the top to “breathe” rather than hug tightly to the body. Also, the effect is to draw the eye back up to the boobs — the exact effect we all desire to achieve! πŸ™‚ I’d actually vote for leaving it the way it is because it is such a nice counterpoint to your usual fitted look and, instead, try a variation where you even up the hem by eliminating the extra length in the back.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:32h, 17 May Reply

      Thank you, Cindy – excellent advice! That’s just what I’ll do πŸ˜‰

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