Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Fit - Sizing
I did a size 2 in the bust, a 6 in the hips, and an 18 in length by just hand-drawing connections between the different grades. I also ended up cutting 1/2" off of the bottom of each armscye as the armholes tend to be rather restricting on this pattern.
Fit - Bust Darts
After making my first muslin, I realized that I'd want to shorten the bust darts about an inch, so that they would undershoot the bust apex.
Fit - Back Darts
My first muslin fit okay in the back, but when I made this wearable muslin it was ballooning like crazy in the back. I noticed that when I flexed my back I still needed most of the space, so I just put in some darts at the top of the neck to reduce the ballooning a bit. I think for next time, it might be worthwhile to size down the shoulder area somehow.
Construction - Pleat-lessness
This is a pleatless Sorbetto which is accomplished easily enough with Colette Pattern's instructions for removing the Sorbetto pleat. It also lets you use less fabric, which is good because I think I only had a yard.
Construction - Bias Tape
Following the instructions from No Big Dill, I made bias tape, and then realized it was too small for the bias tape maker I had. So, I just faked bias tape with my hands and an iron and then used Cal Patch's bias tape facing tutorial on CraftStylish instead of the recommended exposed bias tape facing.
Construction - Sleeves
Using the sleeves pattern from Sew Incidentally and modifying the sleeve with gathers like how the Seasoned Homemaker described, I added sleeves. A sleeved Sorbetto!
Construction - Finishing
I finished the rough edges mostly in French Seams, when I remembered to. Maybe next time I'll remember to do French Seams on the sleeves.