Saturday, January 24, 2009

Working with a block

Here is a picture of my block.  When I first put the pieces side by side, I thought something was wrong.  First of all, the armhole on the back looked too long.  Also, the back seemed way to big for the front.  But, when you pin the darts and put it together, it all matches.  This means I DEFINITELY have a forward shoulder!  I don't really see it myself when I look in the mirror, but the block doesn't lie.  In fact, when I look at this block, I think I must be the sister of the hunchback of Notre Dame.

Because of the discrepancy in the shoulders, I knew I could not use this as a starting point for lining the block up with the pattern.  Instead, I lined up the center fronts and the waist seam.  Interestingly enough, the darts were in the right place, but just a little too high.  The pattern does not have side darts, but I added them anyway.  I adjusted the pattern to fit the block.    I used the vertical darts from the pattern rather than the ones we had drawn on the block, because these are sort of like french darts and they come in at a bit of an angle and are cut out in the middle.  I am using BWOF  109 from 2-2007.  I wanted to make a muslin with all of the elements from the blouse, since I had changed the shoulder and neckline,

I wanted to make sure that everything fit.  Here is the muslin:

I have made additional alterations on the pattern and am lowering the darts about 1/2 inches in the front.  I'm pretty happy with the fit and am hoping to cut into my "good fabric" tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Wow, you did all of this so fast. I am so impressed. You did a great job. It looks like you have done lots of blouses in the past. The blouse is so cute. I am tempted to make it too.

Birgitte said...

What a gorgeous blouse this will be- I even love it in muslin! Althea is right- you're on a roll! Can't wait to see how this progresses.

Maryissewfast said...

This is going to be a great blouse...can't wait to see the finished project! Mary

Gwen said...

Oh that blouse is adorable! I love the fitted look and the sleeves! Very feminine and flattering - can't wait to see it in the "real" fabric! :)

Melissa said...

You're indeed so quick! I can't wait to see the finished garment, it's going to be beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I think the muslin is cute too! I'm (pretty certain) KNOW I have forward shoulders too. Thank you for posting your blocks. I'm really surprised by the differences also.
I should probably wait to comment until you show it to us on your body, but I have a feeling the fit is fab, so Birgitte, what do you charge? j/k.
I just noticed on Cindy's blog (from WAY back, but I just became familiar with her blog) a reference to Kenneth Kings moulage cd. I'm going to look into that, as I really want to work on my fit this year.