Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vogue 1177 Pleats Please

No, I am not talking about Issey Miyake's collection. It is more like "Oh gosh, Vogue 1177, how many pleats do you want me to make? Please someone do it for me..."

Vogue 1177
Source: Vogue Patterns

There are pleats and tucks to make in Vogue 1177. I began with making five tucks in each front yoke. It went well. My next task was making seven pleats in each front piece. Then fourteen in back. Then more in sleeves, which I had not even marked yet... If you are good at making pristine pleats, Vogue 1177 will be great for you to showcase your skill.

The above picture shows the yoke front after the tucks were made. I was happy with the result until I realized that I pressed the tucks in wrong direction...

So I re-pressed. Oh well, those unfortunate chopped ends of the tucks should be hidden under the neck binding.

Then the next unfortunate thing happened when I tried to join yoke and upper front. The length of each piece did not match. I had to redo the pleats on both right and left pieces. Luckily the back pieces had no problem. It is possible that I might have made the tucks bit wider or the tucks were marked wider than they should be on the pattern.     

After joining yoke, upper front, and upper side front, it looks like this:

Back piece inside view:

Guess what? All the tedious works were rewarded when the front and the back pieces joined together. I immediately fell in love with this unfinished top!

My plan was to make a blouse from this pattern. Now that I love how it looks wihout sleeves, I have to make a decision: Long sleeve, short sleeve, or no sleeve? Hmmm. 

Vogue 1177
Source: Vogue Patterns

Well, that is all for today. I am hoping to show you the finished blouse next time. 

Until then, cheers to you all!


  1. I love the poppy fabric. such a fun summer print. Great top.

  2. Oh, I think I just had an anxiety attack just reading this. Pleats scared me, but your top is coming out so lovely, I want to try it!

  3. What beautiful top! I really love the fabric.

  4. Thanks, ladies! I'm very close to finish the top now. I only need to make buttonholes and attach buttons. I'll keep you posted. :)

  5. I wouldn't have considered using this pattern had I not seen your interpretation. Your top is just lovely. I've sent for the pattern (still available).

    1. Thank you, suetempest! If you make this pattern in the future, please feel free to come back here and post the link to your photo/blog.