Wednesday 25th May - Quick Update.
I wore the linen top all day yesterday (with a little grey cardi that I made to go with, more on that later) and guess what? THE most strange thing, it didn't crease or wrinkle - at all?!?! Do you suppose that's something to do with the muslin linterlining? The outer fabric is most definitely 100% linen, I just tested a remnant in my hand and it did stay creased.....
And more good news re this top - It fits b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l-l-y, the neck pleats worked out well. So much so, I will be making it again, in the same size, with the neck pleats..... Don't you love it when a plan comes together?
Okay, Mrs Smug is off for a cup of tea and next project planning.
Happy Wednesday all.
The pattern used is Butterick 5147. So looking at the envelope measurements (and finished garment measurements) a size 14 should fit me perfectly at the bust point, waist and hip (ahem, adding just a little extra at these two points...) Yes, yes I know you are supposed to use your chest measurement as the bust measurement, but bear with me....
I decided not to line the linen I used as per pattern, but to interline it with muslin (washed 3 times to avoid any shrinkage) and finish neck and arms with a bound edge.
I tissue fit it, having pinned all the darts and seams very carefully, and guess what? By jingo it fit!!! I checked all my usual fitting "issue" areas and it was almost spot on. I always need to do quite a large sway back adjustment and take out a fare old amount down the back seam from the neck to the waist.
So I got stuck in as quickly as possible, pieces cut and tailor tacked, I placed all 3 pieces on the ironed muslin, hand tacked in place and then cut the muslin. It's going well isn't it?
I stitched it all together and used a concealed zip down the left hand side. I hand stitched the hem in place - lovely, stitches hidden in the muslin, just perfect.
Next I marked 1.5cm seam allowance around the neck and arm edges, folded my bias strips in half, pinned in place, stitched, trimmed, pressed open, pressed flat, pinned again and machine stitched one last time, it's all going brilliantly and such a quick project! Do you think I should try it on? Okay, I'll have a quick look before I go to bed. (I should mention I started this project yesterday evening. I am not in the habit of going to bed during the working day!)
Mmmmm, as suspected, the upper chest area is too big. I suppose I might get away with it. But all that effort, I think I should do something with it. I know, I'll put a couple of pleats in the neck before I bind it.
What do you think? Have I got away with it?!
|Neck pleats. Approx 1" each.|
|Typical back adjustment for me. Remember the New Look|
white satin dress?
|Interlined with muslin, side seams overlocked and neck/arm|
edges bound with bias binding. I'm sewing from the stash so the neck edge
is bound with ivory binding - well, who's going to see it?
Moral to this (long-winded) tale? Stick with what you know best, don't try and re-invent the wheel! Next time I will make a size 12 and go with my usual adjustments! BUT this has been a good learning curve. If I need a pattern that crosses sizes I may go with the larger size and do an upper chest adjustment, that way the bottom half will fit with less grading out for my ample thighs....
Happy Monday everyone!