The more I look at the picture in the last post, the more I realize that I should NEVER wear a jewel neck blouse!!! The good news is, this blouse is finished and I love the way the neckline turned out. All in all, I love the whole blouse. There are still a few minor fit issues that I will not mention, because then that will be all you see! I do know a few little changes I will make for next time, and I think there will definitely be a next time. I'm very pleased with the whole fitting process that I used to make this blouse and basically this is it.
- trace and cut pattern pieces for a size 36
- try on tissue, find the bust point and measure to see how much is needed to reach CF
- add in a dart and use the FFRP method for FBA. This also increases the waist and hip
- Tissue fit the blouse and make adjustments. I added a 3/8" forward neck adjustment and 1/2" sway back. Next time I will make a larger SBA.
- I then cut out the pattern and pin fit the blouse. Make additional adjustments - I took a lot in on the side seams, but still had to taper out at the hips.
- At this point I basted the side and shoulder seams to fit again. My tissue is very firm, so doesn't drape as well as the Palmer Pletch tissue paper. I would recommend using their tissue or something of a similar weight when tissue fitting.
Speaking of which, now I will have to make a new piece for the contest since I am scrapping my pants. I didn't think they were that bad, but I was very unhappy with the high waist and I would have liked them to be flatter across the tummy. My daughter said they were horrible and that I should never wear them again. So, I cut off the waistband thinking I could salvage these "horrible pants" but now I'm not sure I want to do anything with them. I tried basting the legs in so there is less ease, but I'm not sure I like that either. I have put them aside. Not only that, I think the color is a little off to go with the gold blouse. I probably won't finish the mini wardrobe contest because I doubt I can make two more things in the next week. Well, I could, but then that would mean that I wouldn't be doing anything else that I need to do. Also, since my trips to Uganda and Portland, coupled with the fact that DH's work load has lightened a bit lately, means that he wants to spend more time doing things together. This does not include sewing.
Oh, and yes, that is the naughtiest dog in the world, and I had to include this picture because he looks so funny. Yesterday he grabbed an empty bobbin off the sewing table and started chewing on it. Those of you who have met me know how I constantly talk about how naughty this dog is! But, we love him anyway. Geez....