It's frosty and cold outside this morning, not snowing but just barely. What strange weather and so weird to have plants coming up in the garden at the same time as you're wrapped up warm in a coat and shoes. I put some bulbs in a planter last fall and thought they hadn't made it through the winter but little shoots are just now appearing. Hopefully they'll blossom. Spring does eventually come on more than just the calendar just as...
... fit does eventually come in more than just theory and text books. The grey blouse is finished except for the hem and the buttons. The three above are my choices and I'm leaning toward the one far left. Definitely not the middle one. I will finish the blouse but it's only okay. So only okay there are no pictures. They'd look just like the other ones.
Making muslins and confirming the numbers has been a positive exercise for the most part but I'm a bit discouraged right now. I have figured almost everything out. It's the fine details that are left and this is one of those times when I could really use the advice and pinning expertise of someone with more experience than me. Since the only person I know who meets that description is away on holidays, I'm going to wait, take a break from blouses, and sew something else.
Of the four blouses I've sewn in the last week, I prefer the New Look 6130 with the peplum and the Burda 7063 with the elastic at the waist even though the size was too small. That led to the interesting observation that I prefer garments that are closely fitted with waist definition because they follow the contours of the body better... especially in the back... where I'm quite curvy. Even though a princess seam does that better than stitched darts, I don't find it as flattering. As soon as there is some pooling and pulling, I'm not happy especially if that translates to folds behind the arm or pulls to the hips. I've been wondering what is normal fit in the back? Have you ever noticed how few back images are posted on sewing blogs? And does it matter? What the back should look like is not actually the issue. It's more what do I want my back to look like and perhaps I'm too picky - LOL - you think - SO...
... I've decided to clean my closet today and make a list of what I need... which is a lot... because my wardrobe is sadly lacking... possibly... VBG... because I spend all my time making muslins... and then I'm going to trace and cut out Vogue 8817. When I visited my once-a-week-sewing friend on Tuesday, she had sewn two versions of this top. They looked fabulous and were quite flattering on. That'll give me time to think about what to do next on the blouse journey.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - central heat