Monday, February 1, 2021

Vogue 9190 Not Your Regular Shrug

 This is the 4th and last garment that I sewed for the "Sew Japanese in January" Instagram challenge. I used yet another Japanese fabric and it goes without saying that it's a  Nani Iro linen!

I am just crazy for this fabric design by Naomi Ito. It is called Chant Et Poesie  which means sing a poem. 
I used Vogue 9190 which is a Marcy Tilton shrug pattern.

I made view C. 

Although the recommended fabrics for this pattern are moderate stretch jersey knits, I decided to take a risk with my woven linen. I was not being a daredevil but I had two justifiable reasons for my fabric choice: 

1) My previous experience with Tilton sister patterns is that their garment designs have a  moderate amount of built-in design and wearing ease, especially around the waistline and hips. 

2) This being a shrug, the length is cropped and I wouldn't have to worry about fitting around the waistline or hips. 

I sewed a straight size 8 with no alterations. My actual body measurements placed me at size 10. And the finished garment fit me just fine!

The photos above show the shrug layered over a sleeveless knit top. I also tried the shrug as a top by fastening the front flaps with some magnetic discs. 

I think it looked cool!
This pattern is labeled easy and rightly so. The instructions are easy to understand and the construction is pretty straightforward. 
Let's check out the features of view C which I made. 

Fully lined front. The lining or facing is from the same pattern piece as the front and with some slipstitching, it covers the side seams nicely. 
In this view you cannot see any side seams. 
The back features a self-lined yoke and a lower back with some gathering on the center. 

One of my favorite features is this drawstring in the back. It doesn't extent to the front but it is fully functional and I can adjust the ease on the back depending on how tight I pull those drawstrings. 

The sleeves have a cuff with slit. I used that as an opportunity to show off the fabric selvage. If you are not familiar with Nani Iro fabrics, their selvage is pretty enough to use as part of the fashion fabric!
The only think I did not care about was how the lower back was left out of the "special treatment." The front and yoke both were nicely faced with fashion fabric but the back was supposed to be left with the center back seams exposed. So I decided to "flatline" it with silk organza and I love how it turned out. To find out more about "flatlining" check out my short post on the technique here.

Here you can see how nicely the silk organza wrapped the seams on the center back. 
And now here are more views of the inside of the garment. 


And here are the different ways to wear the front flaps. 

And that concludes my January Japanese themed sewing challenge. Watch out for a future post with a recap on all four sewn garments!


  1. I just love your work--and Nani Iro also!

  2. Gorgeous jacket! I am curious about the magnet closure. I assume you covered the magnets with fabric and attached to self-facing? I really like that idea for a closure. I think this pattern works for a top as well as a jacket!

    1. Thanks so much Linda! I actually did not attach the magnets permanently. I used magnets like this one from KJ Magnetics
      I like that I could change the positions and adjust anytime. I got the idea from those magnetic snaps used to secure scarves. One thing though, those magnets can be pretty powerful!

  3. I have followed your posts on PR for years, but for some reason only clicked through to your blog today. Well, two hours later, after reading your posts back to 2016, I surfaced for air and decided I'd better come back later so I can get on with my day! Needless to say, I've added your blog to my regular feed. And BTW, thank you so much for continuing to take the time and trouble to create your outstanding, helpful blog posts.

    Although I have a radically different body shape, over and over again it was "I have that pattern, too!" So your adjustments and technique tips are immensely helpful and inspiring.

    I look forward to following your future sewing adventures on PR and now here, too!


    1. Thanks so much Judith! I appreciate you taking time to read my posts, even the old ones! I'm glad to know you find the tips useful!