|This dress required lots of muslins...|
For my garment for this month I am making up a New Look pattern - a simple shift dress. I want to make the version with the cap sleeves.
|New Look 6095|
So I decided that I should just start with a muslin. I cut a size 10 - bust 32 inch. I measure 34 inch but my high bust and neck area always indicate that I should cut smaller around areas. The garment has plenty of ease but is it right for me?
DAY ONE MUSLIN:
Straight away I know I will have to adjust these areas. There are also drag lines from bust to hip.
The back view :
You can see quite marked pouching in the upper back area - this is because of my narrow back. Not easy to fix given that if I move it in I am going to have real problems with the armhole, which is already going to be altered to widen the shoulders.
Lets look at the side view:
Well, what a great pouch on my back - sticks out gloriously. There are also drag lines from the bust point.
I will have to try again:
DAY TWO MUSLIN ALTERATIONS:
I lifted the dress at the shoulders ( I just tacked it).
I next played with shortening the waist - I just took the zip out, tacked up the waist and tacked the zip back in:
Still very baggy in the mid section of my back.
I took the dress off and pinned some of the excess in (and I'm feeling rather pensive in this shot):
I added a sway back tuck (which meant taking out the zip and tacking it back in again:
I still have a pouch in the middle of my back- you can see the distortion even in the back view:
Well, I know I would have all sorts of fitting lessons to learn - its like making trousers (pants) all over again. And I haven't even put the sleeves in yet...
Then I consoled myself by thinking that no-one would notice any of these fitting issues when I am moving:
Except in real life I don't go around drawing attention to myself like this !
There is more to this story yet - I'll blog that another day:)
Meanwhile, lots of you have joined the Make a Garment a Month Challenge - it's going to be fabulous seeing what you all make for yourselves. I update the blog roll regularly. Some of you have started sewing, some have finished a garment, and some are still planning. I'll write an update on everyone's activities later this week.
Happy sewing everyone...
Sarah Liz :)