Vogue 9159 Geometric Tunics and Pants

When my daughter was going to Bangladesh last Fall, we looked all over for a pattern that would give us the look of the most common outfit that women wear there- a long tunic worn over pull on pants, with a coordinating scarf.  This is so common that they actually package 3 fabrics together and sell them as a set.  You then can take that set to a tailor and have them make it for you in your size.
Wouldn't that be cool if we could do that here?  It wasn't expensive either.  I think she said it would be about $25 for all three pieces, and she did have two sets made for her there, and then brought one set home to make for herself.  The fabrics were similar to a rayon challis- but very, very thin and lightweight.

Right after she left, Vogue came out with this pattern, Vogue 9159, that looked exactly like what we were looking for, except it was designed for knits! 


 I picked it up right away, but then she went to Madagascar, where their dress is totally different, so she didn't need it.  Not one to let a good pattern go to waste, I decided to try it out for myself.  I've always admired the look on women that I see wearing it in our city, because it really seems to flatter young, old, tall, short, and everything in between.

I've really been into graphic prints lately, so I decided to try both the short and the long version using ITY knits and ponte knits for the pants, all from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I made a muslin first out of a paisley ITY knit that I blogged about on the Fabric Mart blog here.  The next one was from this black and white geometric print and an ivory ponte knit for the pants:


And I saved my favorite for last- this teal geometric print with a black ponte for the pants.


The pants are really comfortable, by the way.  Even though they aren't the focal point of the pattern, I think they are a gem of a pattern.  The cut is just right to taper in at the knee and flare out just enough to give a nice curve.  There is a center back seam in this pattern which allows you to have some shaping at the waist.  I had to be careful when I cut that the stripes would all match on the sides, sleeves and center back.  I also intentionally put a black area at the waist to give an illusion of a smaller waist.  I


When I ordered these two knits, I had also ordered a white lace, planning on making a scarf with it.  However, when I got it, the lace had far too much body for a scarf, so I had to come up with a plan B.

I made this waterfall vest instead. It's Butterick 4989- now out of print.  I made View C, the longest version.



Even though it's just white on white, it's definitely a lot of pattern combined with these prints, so I"m not totally sure that I'll wear them together. Although I'm sure that I could wear it with a solid tunic.
 



I'd be interested in your opinions: yay or nay on this lace vest with these tunics???   But with or without the vest, I'm in love with my new tunics.  I wore this one to the school that I work at today, and was quite comfortable.

Happy Sewing!

Ann

18 comments

  1. Very pretty outfits and that is some price $25 for the fabric. You will really wear these pieces in so many different ways.

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    1. Thanks, Lori. The $25 included the tailoring! I think that the fabric by itself was only $10.

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  2. I love all the pieces - especially the teal geometric print with the black ponte' pants. I think the vest looks good with the white pants and black & white top outfit.

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  3. I swear you have the most comfortable cuties outfits ever! I love both the short version and long version.

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  4. I love both versions of this pattern. I like the waterfall white on white best with your black and white tunic and pants. I think it is too much with the longer version. I have to try this pattern. You look fantastic in both of these, sorry your daughter missed out on this pattern.

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  5. All are lovely outfits. The shorter tunic with the white pants is my favourite. I have never made pants from ponte. They look great and must be comfortable and warm. Do you have any trouble with them stretching or bagging out in the seat or knees?

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    1. Thanks, Jean Margaret! No, no bagging whatsover because the ponte has enough lycra in it to bounce back.

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  6. I cannot believe you made such cute outfits from such a gosh-awful looking pattern! What were they thinking with the matchy-matchy fabric in the photo? I HAVE to learn to look at the line drawings and not rely on the photos on the cover of patterns! ;)

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    1. Yes, I probably would have missed this one too, had I not been on the hunt for that particular style.

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  7. Wow! I love all the outfits you created! That lace vest is just gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!!

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  8. I especially love the outfit with the white pants, so pretty! Thank you for sharing your pieces with us.

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  9. Love your outfits. I agree the vest goes well with your black/ivory version. I think it would best pair with ensembles that include tops that are not too long.

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  10. Love all of these - and that white vest! You already know I have one in black :-) Now I have to sew myself one in white! I love the vest but as much with the longer tunic as with the shorter tunic.

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