Vogue 8952: DIY Silk Woven Front Wool Jersey Pullover Top

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Hi Friends,

It’s good to be back with you. I have been quiet on the blog for a little while. This is because my serger was in for a service/ change of both blades. Whilst it was being looked at, I started a couple (ok, started 2 new projects, picked up a UFO) of more detailed projects, which still need to be finished. When I got my serger back on Saturday evening I blasted through this quick make top (you know, just to make sure my serger was working ok :-))

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

This is Vogue 8952, which is actually designed for 2-way stretch knits. I used a very lightweight wool jersey (which has 2-way stretch) for the sleeves, back and neck band. The front is a silk crepe de chine. I cut the front on the bias to get enough stretch to make the pattern work. Also, I cut my regular size at the neck, shoulders and arms, but graded out a size at the bust and waist to account for the non-stretch fabric. All, in all, I think the fit is pretty good. I wore it all day yesterday and it felt very comfortable: lightweight but covered up and easy to move in.

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:
Pull-over tunic has shaped hemline, wrong side shows, and narrow hem. A: neck band. B: collar. A and B: close-fitting through bust. C: fitted through bust.

I made view A.
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have seen tops like this in RTW…jersey tops with woven fronts. I thought this pattern would be good to try that look out. I love how my top is casual but the silk crepe de chine front makes it feel a little more special and dressed up. Nothing to dislike. So quick and easy to make up.
Fabric Used:
Lightweight wool jersey for the neck band, sleeves and back. Silk crepe de chine for the front.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened the sleeves by 2.5 inches initially, then shortened them further to add 2 inch wide cuffs. I did a 1 inch sway back adjustment. I cut my silk on the bias to get the greatest amount of stretch and cut my regular size at the neck, shoulders and arms, but graded  up a size at the bust and waist to allow for the non-stretch fabric. All in all, I think it worked out great. I also serged the hems and turned up once to hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Don’t know if I would personally sew this again up, but I do recommend.

I love the smart casual-ness of this top. Great addition to my wardrobe.

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

Vogue 8952: Woven Silk Front Wool Jersey Top

See you all soon!


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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

19 responses to “Vogue 8952: DIY Silk Woven Front Wool Jersey Pullover Top”

  1. Jen (NY) says :

    This is a cute one & it’s a great way to use a smallish piece of printed silk.

  2. stitchedupsam says :

    Lovely! The printed silk is beautiful and the plain sleeves and back set it off really well.

  3. Erin H. says :

    what a beautiful top! you inspire me to do some “selfish sewing” 🙂

  4. Debbie Iles says :

    Such a pretty print and combo of colours. And especially clever with use of bias for the CDC to incorporate it into the knit pattern. I’m going to remember this trick!

  5. Rachel says :

    I really like this top on you, it looks really good. Where did you source the fabric from?

  6. Carolyn says :

    Love the fabric choices for the top – this is a great addition to your wardrobe!

  7. Alicia @ Pandora Sews says :

    Manju, this is such a cute top, but I am a sucker for raglan style sleeves! The silk and the wool look to have worked great together.

  8. Ebi Poweigha says :

    Wow, forget about running scraps through the machine — your top is fabulous!! Really beautiful, and your adjustments to make the woven fabric fit are super smart.

  9. Sew, Jean Margaret says :

    Nice top. I like the way you combined the woven fabric with the knit.

  10. wearawyatt says :

    Lovely piece of silk, and great tip to cut on bias ; I’ve pondered a few times on mixing jersey tops but never got round to it you’ve definitely inspired me to have a go- cheers:)

  11. Caroline says :

    This top is so lovely, the way you mixed two very different fabrics which is a great idea. The silk is beautiful. I like the shape of this top so much that I have ordered the pattern myself – can’t wait to try it!

  12. Madeleine says :

    Hi there,
    This top is beautiful and such a great idea!
    You mentioned that you have a serger. I am a novice with jersey and am seeing it using a standard machine, using a ballpoint needle and zigzag stitch. Do you know if this will work for sewing jersey and silk together?

    • sewmanju says :

      Hi there. Of course you can sew this top without a serger but the only thing you have to be wary of is considering how you are going to finish the seam allowances of the silk. Cut edges of jersey generally don’t need to be finished but silk will fray. Hope that helps.

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