Friends, I've tweaked and tweaked and tweaked some more. I now think I have a muslin of Vogue 8889 that's good enough for me to transfer the changes to my pattern. But first -- about that weight gain:
Thankfully I'm not talking about body fat, though I have thickened a bit in the waist since my flu and resulting exercise hiatus. I'm talking FABRIC weight!
This week I received a HUGE Fed Ex box full of fabric from MPB reader Babe (think Babe Ruth), who's moving and subsequently trimming the size of his pattern stash. The box he sent weighed more than 23 lbs. -- that's a lot of fabric (plus a gorgeous pair of Gingher shears).
Among the many highlights: elegant men's shirting in solid colors perfect for a "summer" -- grays, blues, pinks, and cocoa brown.
Marvelous tropical prints right out of a Dorothy Lamour movie:
Let me publicly say, THANK YOU, BABE! I think it's time to buy more storage boxes, ASAP.
Meanwhile, on the Vogue 8889 shirt muslin front (and back)...
|If the back fullness bothers me I can add two long vertical fish-eye darts. The ugly armhole is just lazy stitching.|
Here's the condensed version of the changes I've made:
1) I let out the side and side back seams at the waist and hips.
2) On the long sleeve side, I narrowed the shoulder roughly 1" for a better shoulder fit.
3) I raised the armhole roughly 1/2" and narrowed the width of the armpit (taken from the side front and side back pieces) and narrowed the corresponding sleeve width.
I'll also shorten the long sleeve another inch or two. A few pattern issues: while the collar fits the stand, the stand (corresponding to a size 34") was too long for the approximately 14 1/2" neckline it needed to attach to. Hence this:
Notice (below) that if you match the (size 34") collar stand notch (where my fingers are) with the neckline notch of the right front piece, the "center front" lines do not line up.
Finally, not that it matters much, but the notches on the yoke don't match up with the left and right shoulder notches.
Tomorrow I'll show you the changes I made to my pattern pieces. Most are subtle (see below) but hopefully they'll be sufficient to make the pattern fit my build better.
And that's all for now from MPB headquarters.
Happy Friday, everybody!