Vogue 8822 Easily Voted My Most Surprising Success!

Vogue 8822 easily voted my most surprising success!

This Very Easy Vogue pattern 8822 that I bought many moons ago sat in my store cupboard for a long time. Like many in lockdown (remember those days), I cleared through all my fabric stash and patterns. I discovered that I had purchased the pattern twice, which shows that I must have loved it! It was evident that it was time to finally make it. 

The pattern is now out of print, but it is easily found on EBay. I made the top a while ago, but I have decided to share my creation now. I am doing so, because although it is one of the simplest things I have ever made, it receives the most compliments whenever I wear it. 

The Pattern

The pattern is a loose fitting pullover tunic, with a mock wrap bodice and draw string central tie. The bodice is almost Empire-line and is very flattering. There are two lengths available, with either three quarter or sleeveless options.  

Co-ordinating drawstring or elasticated trousers come in two lengths (shorts and cropped), with side pockets included. 

This pattern is ideal for someone who is new to sewing as it doesn’t require zippers or buttons. The top can be easily made in an afternoon, and the outfit can be made in a day. 

The Fabric

For just £2 a metre, I made the top and matching trousers from a basic cotton gingham. It’s a dream to wash and it’s both cool and comfortable to wear. The tunic would work equally well in a linen for the day time, while in the evening, it would work well in silk or brocade.

The Make

The construction of this top is straightforward and the instructions are easy to follow.  Nonetheless, I decided to make a few modifications.

I am not fond of draw string trousers because I dislike the bulk around my waist. I decided to make my current favourite trousers Burda 6484 instead. 

Tips & Alterations

Rather than bind the edges, I chose to fully line the bodice. I did so with some satin off cuts, but in retrospect I would have used a cotton as it would have been cooler to wear in the heat of summer. 

I was able to form a casing utilising the lining for the draw string, and so have the tie emerging from the side wrap, rather than the centre. This eliminates the need for a button hole, and I believe that it is a more natural position for the tie. 


This pattern is ideal for creating items for a holiday wardrobe. It is a fast and easy make. 

The tunic can be made with sleeve lengths ranging from short to full length, depending on your preference. 

The tunic is available in two finished lengths, but you can easily extend it to the knee, calf, or even floor length to create a caftan-style dress. 

This top is stylish and easy to wear, making it perfect for every day. It would make a great cover-up, made up in a sheer fabric to wear over a bikini by the pool. If made in silk or satin, it would look equally stunning for the evening. 

Since making this tunic I have hacked the pattern, which I will share in future posts. 

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