Assembly time: 5 hrs
Instructions: easy to understand
Do you ever feel the joy of completing a project and in the end loving how it turned out? Well, I enjoyed everything about Vogue 1306--even my little accidents. I went back and forth with which version to sew, but ultimately decided the fabric would look best for version B. It was a perfect choice. It is a rayon blend burnout jersey with low stretch. Keep this in mind when selecting your fabric; the pattern does recommend a low stretch knit and I think this is key to success.
When I cut the shirt out, I had just returned from three weeks at the beach. So, loose fitting clothes were defiantly on my mind; you see I had a bit of sun burn. The pattern comes in only two sizing groups XS to M or L to XXL. I cut a size large, which after completion would roughly be a size XL in ready to wear thanks to the ease.
Along with selecting the correct type of fabric to make this garment, I strongly suggest purchasing the yardage recommend on the envelope. Unfortunately, I only purchased a single yard, which was 60" wide, but this was not enough to correctly cut the neckline on the bias. In the end, the shirt came out perfectly fine, since I was able to eliminate a lot of the excess fabric with the iron. I also nearly had a disaster when I read the wrong directions, which resulted in the neckline notch, or placket, being installed very poorly. I think I was able to recover from this mistake quickly and easily.
As far as the pattern goes, I do think the gathering is a bit awkward. On my next version, I plan on making this seam as small as possible. I also will cut the binding for the neckline notch longer to ensure I have enough fabric to cover the cut out.
I cannot wait to sew this shirt again. I nearly rushed to the fabric store to buy more jersey the afternoon I completed it, but decided that I should finish at least one other project before I buy more fabric. I do recommend that if you are in the slightest bit interested, rush out and buy the supplies right now.