I am not sure yet what I am going to make in December. I was planning the very popular Butterick B5917:
I think you all know by now that I usually muslin any new pattern. I am still learning how my body relates to pattern sizing. I have worked out I need to use size 8 for pants and enlarge the waist to size 12. I sometimes use size 8 for tops, and let out the bust/waist a bit. I am not sure what size to use for dresses, tailored shirts or jackets.
With this dress I decided to cut size 10 and let out the waist to size 12: And warning - I certainly do not look my best in this picture - I've had a very tiring month, and it is showing!! So look at the dress, not me :)
Size 10 is far too big on the shoulders. I can also see that the hip pouches too much for me - I would need to take that in. I have added about the right amount at the waist.
The dress seems to sway to the front and pull down at the back.
Let's look at the back and see what's happening there:
Again, you can see the shoulders are far too big. But so is the upper back - it bags right out.And you can see the lines that are indicating far too much fullness. I suspect all this is affecting the shape of the front.
Let's look at the side:
I pinned the pouch together (while wearing the muslin) and this was the result:
And from the side, this is how it looks:
Again, the dress looks a lot better - it is even hanging better, and the hemline looks better.
I only roughly pinned the garment as I was wearing it - it's not easy to pin parts of the back of a garment when it's on :).
As you can see, I took a substantial chunk out. Over an inch, but I think an inch or 2 cms would be appropriate.
As you all know, I will make lots of muslins to get a garment to fit correctly. But I don't know if I have time this month to do the muslins and make this the garment of the month.
So I might make some trousers instead. I do know how to fit my trousers reasonably well by now. So I'll look for a pair of pants that will do for our upcoming summer.
All for now,