FO: Vogue 9160 & The Eve Appeal + a Giveaway

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Cocktails anyone? A couple of weeks back Vogue Patterns (The McCall Pattern company) launched a year long sewalong in aid of The Eve Appeal. Part of this includes a blogger tour which is where your’s truly comes in today. Yep I’m up….and….well….running a liiiiiitle late this morning. Might be to do with all the champagne and peach schnapps I had to drink last night. (My fave cocktail. Dunno what that’s called, lol!) So why the references to cocktails? Well you may remember I took part in last years event The Big Vintage Sewalong….and well….you gotta have a theme right? And this years theme is cocktails! Yum! They’ve even come up with their own recipe and you can sup it while joining in with sewists nationwide, by sewing up one of the patterns from a selection of 20, and raising money for The Eve Appeal in the process. Savvy? Good…here’s me with an empty glass having drunk the house dry…VOGUE PATTERNS BLOGGER TOUR FOR THE EVE APPEAL - VOGUE 9160 - PORTIA LAWRIE (9)

Soooooo, what did I make then? Not being a cocktail dress kinda gal, (and actually not at ease in any kind of “formal/dressy” attire), this one really pushed me out of my comfort zone. But not one to shy away from a challenge (that would be super hypocritical of me considering what I put you all through every year with The Refashioners , ha!), I duly accepted said challenge and this is what I came up with. You know….if I ever get invited out for cocktails….VOGUE PATTERNS BLOGGER TOUR FOR THE EVE APPEAL - VOGUE 9160 - PORTIA LAWRIE (9)

My Idea of dressing up is heels and a bold lippy, whilst keeping the outfit itself understated. Indeed this make (in a gorgeous grey washed linen from Ditto fabrics that I’m in love with) would look equally at home with a cropped stripey tee and birkies! I love clothes that do double duty don’t you?

The pattern is Vogue 9160….yep…. a jumpsuit pattern….Now I have been admiring the jumpsuit trend from afar since it emerged. But I’ve steered clear as I KNOW it won’t suit me. I’m too conscious of a tubby middle section right now (I’ve gone up a whle dress size recently!) One piece garments rarely do. So my original intention was always to adapt this into a two piece, with the appearance of a jumpsuit, by making it out of the same fabric.VOGUE PATTERNS BLOGGER TOUR FOR THE EVE APPEAL - VOGUE 9160 - PORTIA LAWRIE

I knew I didn’t want the scalloped lace or lining elements of this pattern. I wanted to pare it right down and simplify it by just using one fabric for the whole thing. But I really struggled to find a fabric (in time) that would be substantial enough for the bottoms but not too heavy for the top. Crepe would be a good one I think.  Or a mid weight cupro or sandwashed silk. In the end I decided that the linen was not quite right for the top portion, which led me more towards view C.  A Contrast top and bottom with a tie belt. I swapped out the top portion of the pattern for a looser fitting top in a lurex knit (I’m not a fan of anything too close fitting up top), then set about turning the bottom half of the pattern into trousers by adding a simple narrow waistband and back zip fastening.

But what elevates this make to something dressier I think….is the tie belt. I made a slightly longer version than the pattern so I could wrap it round twice and wear it more Obi style…VOGUE PATTERNS BLOGGER TOUR FOR THE EVE APPEAL - VOGUE 9160 - PORTIA LAWRIE

I like…..NEVER…wear anything tucked in. That’s how conscious I am of my (lack of ) waist. But I do have proportionately narrow hips so from a “glass half full” perspective, I try to focus on those instead. But what I like about this make is what the belt does. Aside from the added interest, it cinches me in at the waist and draws the eye down to hip level where I’m narrowast. The overall effect is actually quite slimming and I don’t feel self conscious at all in these…VOGUE PATTERNS BLOGGER TOUR FOR THE EVE APPEAL - VOGUE 9160 - PORTIA LAWRIE

VOGUE PATTERNS BLOGGER TOUR FOR THE EVE APPEAL - VOGUE 9160 - PORTIA LAWRIE

It even camouflages my Mum/crisp/bloaty/bulge at the front! So the obi style tie belt may be a bit of a revelation for me!

Vogue Patterns  are giving one reader the chance to win a copy of this pattern…VOGUE PATTERNS BLOGGER TOUR FOR THE EVE APPEAL - VOGUE 9160 - PORTIA LAWRIE

To enter,  share this post on social media, then leave me a comment to let me know where you shared. Multiple shares gives multiple entries. Giveaway is open UK only (sorry) and closes at midnight GMT on Friday 24th March! Good luck!

More info on this year long event and the list of patterns can be found here and you can find out more about this fantastic charity and their other awareness and fundraising activities here.

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14 Comments

  1. katherine March 17, 2017

    Gosh I absolutely LOVE this outfit Portia. Have to get me some belt.

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    • Portia Lawrie March 17, 2017

      Gotta love a bit of belt 😉😋

      Reply
  2. Lucy March 17, 2017

    Well done Portia, you’ve made it your own and look fabulous as usual. I bet you’ll be wearing those trousers all summer long.

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    • Portia Lawrie March 17, 2017

      Worn them two days straight 😂

      Reply
  3. Anne March 17, 2017

    I like this a lot. I considered the jumpsuit but like you didn’t really think it was me. Now I’d like to win it! I’ve shared via Pinterest and WhatsApp.

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    • Portia Lawrie March 17, 2017

      I wanted to make it in a black crepe but it would’ve photographed really badly. But I think swapping out the top section for something less fitted makes it work. Px

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  4. Jenni March 17, 2017

    Not worried about the prize but just wanted to say that I love your interpretation of this challenge – very elegant 😃

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    • Portia Lawrie March 17, 2017

      Ah thank you so much!

      Reply
  5. Emma March 22, 2017

    Your adaptation of the pattern is ingenious!
    I’ve shared it on Facebook.

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  6. Trish March 24, 2017

    This could work for me, but only in the v necked version. I like yours though. Very classic.

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  7. Rosie Martin March 27, 2017

    I looooooove this outfit Portia! You look SO GOOD! Also, I reckon you would look amazing in a jumpsuit, just for the record! xx

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    • Portia Lawrie April 10, 2017

      Rosie you are a love! Mwah!

      Reply
  8. Elle April 28, 2017

    Love this outfit, what a very clever idea and perfect make.
    I wasn’t going to join this sew-along as I have so much on, but it looks like too much fun to miss. Plus it’s for a very good cause. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    BTW I think the drink is called a Bellini (?).

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    • Portia Lawrie April 29, 2017

      Thank you Elle!!

      Reply

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