I bought this Vogue designer Alice + Olivia pattern for a top and leggings when it first came out- I think in August. I thought it was cute, and made it up, but never really felt comfortable with the back godets or with wearing the top/vest as a top without another top underneath it. I've been struggling with this one for a couple of months now! About the time that I made it, there was a thread on Patternreview.com about "Tights are not Pants", with a plethora of venting about people wearing this type of legging without a top long enough to cover up the rear end area. This pattern combination was definitely in the grey area. If I was 20 years younger, I would have worn it, no problem, but to be on the safe side, I decided to remove the flaps in the back, and to not wear the leggings with the vest.
This is the version of this pattern that I ended up with after a few modifications:
What I really liked about the pattern was the curved lines in the back and the in-seam pockets in the front. I could remove the godets without effecting these features, so that's what I did!
So, to show you the changes- here is the original back with the leggings. I actually don't think that the leggings show too much. They aren't super tight, and they are really very comfy. The bottom of the leggings are ruched for a nice change from the ordinary. I made them from a nylon lycra jersey knit and they are great. I have been wearing them with all kinds of tunic length tops- just not the top/vest in this pattern!
|Before removing godets. With leggings from pattern|
|After removing godets and stitching down center back belt|
|After I removed the top snap|
|Before I removed the top snap.|
You can see in the picture on the left with the black skirt what the original version looked like from the front.
After I decided that I wouldn't wear it as a top without a shirt underneath, I took off the top snap, and it lays much nicer and will show a little more of whatever top goes underneath.
This version is pictured with blouse to the right.
In the end, I do recommend this pattern. Maybe not as the designer intended, depending on your own comfort zone, but the pieces are great separates and will work with lots of things. I think that is how you have to look at designer patterns- as a starting off point and modify to your own world.
So, what do you think? Godets versus no godets? Better as a vest or stand alone top?