|The first alteration|
The sleeve was detached as I was not happy with the amount of ease in the front sleeve - far too much. The princess seams at the back between arm and waist were taken in. I then had to tackle some of the sloppiness in the shoulder area. I thought I needed a narrow back alteration. So I took in an amount from shoulder to just above the princess seam as the second alteration. I also took in an amount at the front so the shoulders matched.
|The second alteration|
The third alteration was replacing the sleeve. I took a tuck out of the front of the sleeve at the sleeve cap to remove some of the excess ease.
|The third alteration|
As you can seem, I have the blouse on my old dummy, and the sleeve does not look a good shape with these alterations. I decided to change the shape on the pattern to make the shape more pleasing.
You can see the alterations on the back if you look closely - a paper tuck is just visible. You can see how I have also altered the shape of the armhole at the shoulder edge.
|Sleeve - to the right at the top, two folded darts to take out excess ease.|
|Alterations thus far- Back|
|Alterations thus far - Front.|
(As you can see, my poor old dummy sometimes gets a bit lop-sided - she has travelled a lot, like me, and has started to show signs of age. I have been threatening to replace her for years, but she takes no notice of me now, because it has never happened! I often have to re-balance her - but what are friends for?)
Well, that is enough for now, I need to retest my alterations on another muslin. I am not yet confident enough to proceed with the final garment.
Sarah Liz :)