Monday 17 February 2020

V1456 not for me

Back when I was planning to sew the V1456 Sandra Betzina tunic for my mum, I figured I'd make a practice run in another fabric first.

I chose what would have been my size according to the pattern packet, and elected to make the simpler, sleeveless View B. I got as far as was necessary to know what fitting changes I needed to make to my mum's version. Then I went on to make hers. But I just hate an unfinished project so this one was sewn to completion in January.

But it's not doing it for me.

Maybe that's because I'm not a tight-pants-and-loose-tunic kind of person. I couldn't find anything to wear it with for the sake of these photos and eventually settled on the skirt just because the colour matched.

I suppose it would look nice over wide leg pants as well as skinny jeans or leggings.

I'd bought the pattern with the sole purpose of making that tunic for my mum so I shouldn't be surprised that it's not floating my boat. Yet I sort of wish it did...

It's a bit big in the bust for me, which you can see by the gaping under the arm. I'm not filling it out very well in the only place which is meant to be somewhat fitted, and so I feel a bit like I'm drowning in it.

The fabric is a nice cotton which I'd scored from another sewist who was destashing. I chose it for the muslin as I thought it would suit the pattern, but mostly because it would be so easy to work with compared to the crinkly seersucker gauze stuff of my mum's version.

I briefly toyed with the idea of throwing it in a dye bath to see if a darker colour made me like it more. but then I remembered the painfully sourced, colour matched, lightweight, double ended zip probably wouldn't take the dye and shelved that idea.

So I lent it to my mum, but she doesn't wear sleeveless things as a rule, didn't like the colour much and found it didn't fit well for all the reasons we'd changed her version. Obviously.

It was enjoyable to make and hopefully it will find a home where someone find enjoyment in wearing it. I'll post the measurement below and if it rocks your boat (even after all my doleful complaining about it's ugliness :) ) then stick your hand up.

Pattern: V1456
View B, no modifications
Size D (from pattern: Bust 38"/97cm, Waist 32&1/2"/83cm, Hip 40&1/2 /103cm)
Worn by me: Bust 38" (B cup with no difference between full bust and high bust measurements), waist 30", hip 40"


  1. I know what you mean, I have friends that rock this pattern, but it just does nothing for me.

    1. I love the idea of it, but I think I'd need to really fit the bust, nip the waist in heaps and then maybe with wide leg trousers... But too many other things to make!

  2. Hi there Shelley - I will give it a go if no-one else is interested! I love some green and loose tunic with tight pants is my style. Give it a few more days to judge interest though!

    1. I did think of you Lara! The pattern is definitely your jam.
      I had some interest on Instagram too, but I'll keep you in mind if that a no-fit.

  3. I think this pattern calls for some drapey type fabric and maybe a little fitting. But the drapey type fabric is probably all it needs to look good.


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