Review: Vogue 8670 & Vogue 8909 | A Luxe Sweatshirt + Slouchy Track Pants!

12:00 AM

These are probably two of the trendiest garments I'll make this season.  But isn't sewing your own clothes such a fun way to participate in hot trends of the seasons for only a minimal investment?  I think so!

I've been craving a luxe sweatshirt and this is my version:
Vogue 8670, view B with the long sleeves from view E.

Here are a few that inspired me from Pinterest.
I used two fabrics from my stash:  an ostrich embossed, faux leather for the front of my top and black ponte for the rest.  I didn't like the the below the hip length.  It was just a weird place for the top to hit on me, so I cut it off about 4 inches.  Other than that, this top is really simple and sewed straight out of the envelope for me.
I've been seeing "fancy" track pants every where and made out of all kinds of elegant fabric...
like leather, stretch wool crepe and sequin.  I decided to keep my simple, well this first pair at least, and make mine in a machine washable ponte so the that I can get plenty of wear out of them.
For the pants, I use a slightly modified version of Vogue 8909, view A.  
I added 3" to the length.  I didn't like the way the pattern elasticized the waist, so I changed it.  Sometimes they can make steps way too extra.  I made the waistband a separate piece and used 3/4" inch elastic.  The separate waistband created more of a flat-front look.  
I also tapered the leg down to a 12" opening.  I wanted a slouchy style, but I didn't want a lot of gathered fullness at the waist or the ankles.  And since I used view A, I added rib knit (found at Joanns) cuffs.  The pattern pieces were huge!  I have a pretty small ankles and they needed to be narrowed a lot.  And I omitted the ribbon drawstring.
All in all, I'm loving this outfit.  These are two great additions to my fall wardrobe that I plan to have a lot of fun mixing and matching with other pieces!

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42 comments

  1. Hey Erica, looking good I hope to have my red pants finished tomorrow and just told the hubby I wanted to make a shirt like this. Great minds and all that. Fab as always.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I look forward to seeing yours!

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  2. I just bought the sweatpants pattern and was feeling a but uncertain about it, so I'm glad to see someone as stylish as you pull them off! Looking good as usual ;)

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  3. I am sew happy that you made these slouch paints, I was sure how these would love on a woman with a real body, I will be making for myself

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  4. It's fun to play with trends! It looks like these were not only a minimal $ investment, but also pretty easy sewing! Great job!

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  5. You always blow me away with your style!! These are such fun pieces!

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  6. Between you and Mimi I think it's time I bought this pattern and knocked some out! Lovely as usual.

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    1. Risa, it's so easy... you should get it! Thanks!

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  7. Go head then Erica! Beautiful as always!

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  8. Trendy, but with your personal style still shining through!! I love both pieces!! Though I'd have to style my look with sneakers ;o)

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    1. Sneakers would've looked too teeny-bopperish on me. Thanks Nettie!

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  9. I don't think you've ever made anything I don't like! You're such a trendsetter!

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  10. I love this outfit; you look so pretty!....Now you've got me wanting a "luxe sweatshirt"!.....I love a reason to go to the fabric store....thanks for sharing! :)

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  11. Great look, amazing what a few design tweaks can do to transform a sweatshirt and trackpants!

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  12. Love this outfit. I just finished a pair of these pants over the weekend. Trying to get a top done so I can post by this weekend.

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    1. I can't wait to see your version Opal! Thanks!

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  13. Beautiful, you upped the ante on causal wear.

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  14. Now, I need to check out these patterns! You look great wearing them. I like the combination of fabrics. I'm sure that you will wear these garments a lot! They are terrific wardrobe staples!

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  15. I literally gasped when I saw this...totally going to have to *right-click save* and recreate this look!!

    I've officially gone all fan girl over this blog, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

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  16. Love it, Simple and chic. I have some faux leathers and sue des that I'd like to try. Did you find the fact that the pattern was designed for two-way stretch patterns to be an issue. Maybe I will have to restrict the "woven" fabric to the front piece only and choose a ponte for the rest as you described.
    Please advise, As I also was hoping to do a luxe sweatshirt for the holidays by incorporating velvet.

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    1. The pattern was not designed for a two-way stretch knit. You misinterpreted that. The recommendation for fabrics is: jersey, crepe and lightweight gabardine. The two-way stretch is for the rib knit on the cuffs. Thanks

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  17. This outfit is fantastic! I was going to ask about "knits" but Karen and you answered. I bought a leopard pattern silk charmeuse that mood fabric.com had on sale a couple of weeks ago. I have a beautiful brown bamboo rayon knit stash around here somewhere…thanks for the inspiration, Erica!

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