Let's clarify. Just in case. Although the last three garments haven't worked out, I'm okay. They are beautifully sewn garments and I enjoyed that process. I just didn't like how they looked on me. Good. Enough.
This set of six was an experiment and I am - as Nancy and others pointed out - trying new silhouettes and learning new things. It's fun. I can see myself picking another six patterns and trying it again which only makes sense. Those patterns are in my drawer for some reason. There's some thing about them that attracted me and is worth exploring.
The take-away on the McCall's blouse from yesterday was how beautifully it fit through the waist and hips with that angled opening at the front. As Pearl suggested, I can transfer that shaping to another style with a more traditional sleeve - when I get the pattern back - I sent it to Caroline too. She already has it but this way she can trace the alterations I made to her own copy.
The side drape on Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1297 dress is a big huge rectangle. It's the exactly identical rectangle in all sizes which seemed disproportionate to me. Someone smaller will be dwarfed and someone larger might require more drape. While I was tracing the shape, the thought occurred to me that I typically prefer patterns with many small pieces as opposed to large pieces. More seams. More opportunities to fit. More built in shape. Usually more success.
And now, I'm thinking that it depends on where the big shapes are going because this looks pretty good. The center portion is fitted - although - for full disclosure - I took an inch in on each side seam. My fabric had more stretch than recommended. Next time, I'd use Peggy Sager's trick for deciding on your size which is to wrap the fabric around you to a comfortable fit. Mark where the edges meet. Measure the distance between. And sew that size. In this case - with this fabric - I'd have gone down several sizes. With another fabric, the size I traced may have been perfect.
When I took the side seams in, I started stitching on the drape, went further into the body, up and over the underarm, and merged with the original seam part way down the sleeve nearer the hem. That was a mistake. I should have taken the sleeve out, adjusted the side, and set the sleeve back in especially as...
... I was working with extremely limited amounts of fabric and only just barely squeaked two sleeves out by piecing one - which is a discussion I'm saving until next week to tell you about - because there will be little sewing. Two of my favourite people are coming for the week and I'll be chatting with my daughter and snuggling my grandson however...
... although my daughter was willing to go to the Fabriclands near her home and try to find me more of this fabric because both of them had it last time I was there, I popped out to ours hoping to find a remnant. And I did. And right after this picture was taken, I took the sleeves out and inserted new ones with a bit more bicep width and now, I really LOVE THIS DRESS which is fitted from shoulder to hip with details mainly at the hem. Hmm... where have we heard that before?
So this ups my average. 2 out of 5 = 40%. I'm not sure the Lynn Mizono jacket is going to improve this ratio but I am going to give it a try next.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - my son is resigning from his job today and looking for a starting position toward becoming a parts person in the Commercial Transport and Mining & Forestry industry. It's time and a good decision but still change. I would be grateful for any prayers that this would be a smooth and quick transition. Howard has put some feelers out and there has been both a positive response to the possibility of hiring his son and to the fact that Kyle has management training at McDonalds which is - after all these years - still a good reference.