At first glance (earlier this evening) I thought this muslin fit pretty well. Well, except for the left sleeve which I tried to fix and made it worse. So, I went to work on the right sleeve. I think the problem is that I am really narrow in the upper back and from armpit to armpit, but nowhere else. I started this pattern with a size 10 and did a FBA using the FFRP method. Without sleeves, it looked like it fit perfectly, but I thought it might be a little wide in the shoulders. I sewed on the left sleeve to see how it fit, and it was cutting me off in the front. I tried making the armhole bigger, which would move it in narrower in the front, but that just made the sleeve tighter.
On the right sleeve, it seems to fit OK, but you can see some wrinkles radiating out from the armscye. I am also noticing that I would like more ease across the bust in this blouse, but it is already loose enough in the back. I have already added 1.5" in width to the front using the FFRP FBA method. In the shoulder seam at the armscye, I have narrowed it by 1/2" front and back. I also added 1" in width to the sleeve.
This makes the sleeve fit better, but as soon as I move my arm, it is way too tight. I'm not sure if the sleeve is too small, or if the front of the blouse is too wide and therefore cutting off at the arm.
I could cut a 12 and do the same FBA, but then I will need to take in an additional 1/2" at the shoulder seam. Also, my front would be a 12 and the back would be a 10 - I'm guessing I would need to use the 12 sleeve and still add to the width of it, but how much?
I think my other option would be to just add more at the side seams to make the front bigger below the arms, but not above it. But I still have the same sleeve problem. Do I keep working on this one, or try a different pattern?
I REALLY need a good TNT blouse pattern that fits.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Posted by Nancy Winningham at 9:09 PM