Kind critique request: you may have noticed the badge on the right, from Bunny at La Sewista! I support her efforts to not only emphasize kindness in the blogosphere, but also to bring technique into the discussion. I love getting compliments, but sometimes (usually) I KNOW my work could be improved. I'd like to invite you to add your voice to our collaboration in improving our sewing. Thank you, Mary
Hi readers, Here is my recent top made with B 5786 as part of PatternReview's Pattern Stash Contest. I used stash fabric, a lovely batik from a quilt shop in San Jose, CA. I have
|me and my adopted hibiscus|
been using stash fabric for this contest...I want to move some of my inventory on so I can focus on buying for 1-2 projects at a time.
I like this blouse and would like to improve its fit, so I am asking you to take a look at the bust, shoulders, and armscye to help me fine tune this pattern. I am wearing a soft bra in these photos. In a molded bra the bunching of fabric at the armscye is even more obvious.
I sewed a 10 through the shoulders and a 12 elsewhere. Size 12 started right under my arm. When I completed the shoulder seams, I noticed that the shoulders were still too long, so I removed 1/2 at the top of the armscye, decreasing to 0 inches halfway down.
The armholes are quite loose and my intuition tells me that I should have cut a 10 in width under the arms, and perhaps done an FBA. Maybe another solution is a petite adjustment in length between the bust and shoulder, and then re drawing the dart.
|CB and a machine hem (!)|
I would love to hear what you think. I will wear this blouse happily, even though I know it could be better. I put some amount of effort into the construction, and that counts for something!
The pencil marks on the left part of the hem are from a slash and burn of 3 inches of back butt hem at the back-->it was not a good look for me.
|much better length in back|
|collar and topstitching|
|oops on underside|
|oops fixed, just because that's nicer|
|on Maggie, buttons from Pam Erny (looks like Maggie is a bit lopsided)|
Thanks for the freebie buttons Pam!