Sunday, July 15, 2007

Third Times the Charm

Here's the shirt, one size down. Aside from lengthening it
(which I forgot to do) I think it looks pretty
good. Going down a size made a huge difference. I did stick with the addition of the 3/4" towards
the neckline, but I find that I'm a little on the narrow shouldered side (yes, I know it doesn't look it,
but really I am) so this might be a fit fix for me for a lot of things.

Previous reviews on this shirt noted that the empire waistline was in the wrong spot. I was prepared for this, but surprisingly, this wasn't an issue for me.

I wore the shirt to church today, with a aqua, broomstick style skirt. I really like the pair together. I was sewing up this third version last night, and this skirt suddenly flashed in my mind. Which is good, because I needed a reason to keep working on this pattern...I NEVER make muslin's, let alone make the same shirt three times when it didn't work the
first two times. But I'm happy I did!

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

KS 3066 Update

And so my saga continues.

Ann, of Needle Nook Fabrics took a look at my photo's for me, and suggested that I raise the back neckline about 1/2" and widen the shoulder seam toward the neck about 3/4" and thus changing the angle of the V-neck. She suggested that the neckline is too wide. She also suggest I narrow the width at the top of the V about 1/2" on each side and then taper to the original width at the under bust seam.

Here are my results:

Now I'm having issues with the gaping armsycle. A couple of thoughts on this:
  • First, I used a different fabric. The other fabric, while still a knit, was a firmer knit. Perhaps the firmer knit didn't show the problem with the arm?

Second, I think this bodice is too large. Everywhere I look on this, it just seems loose and large. My thought is to go back and trace a LG instead of a XL just in the bodice portion, to see if I can take out some of this excess. In this fabric, it just seems that everything is loose! I have lost weight lately, and while the measurement chart indicated I would need the XL, the fit, to me, seems to say differently.

Friday, July 13, 2007

KS 3066

First of all, it hasn't really been a year since I last sewed. I did some small things in the fall of '06, and then this spring, a hold set of poodle skirts for a father/daughter dance for my girl scout troop. That aside, no, I haven't sewn much this year.

So today I sat down to sew this pattern. I read the reviews on and was pretty confident i knew what changes I needed to make. Except, they didn't quite work for me. Here's a photo of my finished muslin. First of all, it's too snug in the hips. I'm going to add an inch to each side, and I think it will fit much nicer.

Standing up, I like this shirt. The empire waistline hits where I think it should, there's no gaping in the armcycle. Sitting down, however, it's a whole other shirt. And not one I am pleased with. Take a look at my sitting down issues:

Where did all those pockets of fabric come from?? It's almost as if I need a small size on the front bodice pieces. I'm not sure. I've emailed two of my fellow sewing experts to gauge their opinion, so we'll see what they have to say. I mean, I have to be able to sit down while I'm wearing this!!
Next I'm off to trace a sundress for my daughter. Then maybe another shirt in another pattern for me. We'll see. At least this is a starting point.