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06 April 2014

First SWAP pair: Vogue 8751 pants and Vogue 7903 blouse

So here is the first outfit that I completed as part of my Stitchers' Guild 2014 SWAP plan. It's a silk blouse and wide leg trousers in a woolen herringbone.

The blouse is Vogue 7903 by Sandra Betzina and the trousers are Vogue 8751.

I have made this blouse before in the short sleeved version so I don't have anything new to say about the pattern. This time, my fabric is silk georgette and I didn't want it too fitted so I didn't make all six waist darts at front, I only made two. The only other change I made was bringing the shoulder point up by ±1cm (no change to the sleeve itself). Funny how different the same pattern looks when it is made in a totally different fabric!

The trousers, I first saw them on the lovely Ruth of Core Couture. After seeing hers, I immediately went and ordered this pattern, foolishly forgetting that she is much taller and leggier than I am. Once I was ready to start sewing them, I luckily realized that I needed to make a muslin to see how they fit my body type. Us pears, we cannot just wear any kind of trouser...

And indeed, from the muslin I decided that the pant legs were too wide for me. I tried on my favorite trousers for comparison and the legs are narrower by 8cm at the hem!

So that's what I did, tapered each side of each pant leg by 2cm giving me 8cm less all around and I do like the proportions better on my body shape.

Now here is the funny thing about this pattern. I typically have to make a 1.5cm swayback adjustment, but not with this pattern. I'm not sure why not, but the back looked perfect just "out of the box". I'm guessing that the yoke pattern pieces are somehow responsible, but I am not sure how exactly.

Anyway, I don't often wear pants because I haven't found many that fit, but this one does so it is a welcome addition to my wardrobe! Oh and my review of Vogue 8751 is here at Pattern Review.


  1. Lucia, those trousers fit you perfectly! I love! Great job on the blouse as well.

  2. Beautiful fit on the trousers and the blouse. I just love that blouse fabric, and you made the right choice with the darts, the silk needs a little extra ease to flow nicely.

  3. I must say the adjustments worked really well, and the trousers look impecable. I like the yoke a lot! And that blouse! Really pretty and the print is gorgeous! Indeed a great adition to your wardrobe

  4. Lovely Lucia. Well done on your alterations, they worked out perfectly. I love your blouse - real class. By the way, I don't know if this will be good news or bad - but you have until April 30th to finish sewing for your SWAP!

  5. Even if you did not complete all the garments for the SWAP, the ones you did finish are wonderful. Your stunning purple coat, these pant, which fit perfectly, and the pretty silk blouse. I like the colors of the pant and blouse, They appear dark mauve and taupe on my computer and I think that combo is very sophisticated.