What fun to get all that feedback yesterday on the skirts. THANK YOU so much. It's definitely given me a lot to think about. It's true that I feel much better in clothing that is closer to the body and it would seem that's because I actually look better in clothing that is closer to the body. Good to know. Must have something to do with all those curves and flowing around them instead of jumping curve to curve and creating more bulk. LOL - I think.
Some projects seem to come together quickly and others take forever. I'm working on the M6286 blouse. It has a cap sleeve with a raglan configuration, an unusual center front panel, a wide lapel collar, and a split opening at center front which really means it has a lot going on.
I had to re-cut the sleeve because I'd traced the dart at the shoulder incorrectly and didn't have enough fabric to shape it properly. After reading the reviews, I decided an FBA was really important, did one, started sewing, decided I'd done it in the wrong place, unpicked the pieces, re-drafted the FBA, re-cut and re-stitched the pieces and have now decided an FBA was most likely not even needed. This is the really slow version of slow sewing.
I asked Howard if he thought I'd lost some weight and he said a bit. Just a bit? In the last few weeks, I've lost almost ten pounds which is strange. Why so suddenly with not much effort but - that aside - it's always interesting to me how I proportion weight and how I lose and gain it. Typically my weight goes on my hips first and my bust last but comes off my bust first and my hips last however, unlike the typical ten pounds per size, I have to gain or lose twenty pounds to change sizes... except my bust... and I think that's what's happened here.
I think all of those pounds have come off my bust line. The measuring tape is telling me that a FBA was most likely not needed. I'll finish this top, see what I think, and decide if I'm sewing the pattern again. If so, I want to take a careful look at the darts in the back. They come right up to the underarm level and create a puffy back. I'd want to change that. Unless it looks horrible on, I think I will sew it again. The pattern comes together nicely and it seems to be quite flattering.
I watched a few more episodes of the Craftsy course Fast Track Fitting and had to quit. It was starting to frustrate me especially when a key measurement like the center back length was not even taken. The how-to is very vague. The adjustment demonstrations are not based on real measurements. With some of her advice, there was a high potential for creating other issues such as with the armhole. The adjustment for the shoulder to bust point length was made not below the armhole but through the armhole which increases the length of the armhole and would then cause adjustments to the sleeve and potential disproportion between the front and back armhole. Just because you have a low bust does not mean you have a huge armhole.
Although there are plenty of "this is the best course ever" type comments, I wouldn't recommend it, especially not for a beginner who doesn't already have an understanding of pattern alteration. The reason I mention the course is that I have a lot of learning and experience with altering patterns and my success levels have been steadily increasing. I may not like a style on me but it's increasingly rare for a garment not to fit. That wasn't true at one point.
I highly recommend Lynda Maynard's book Demystifying Fit and her method of altering patterns based on a fitting shell. It is SO worth the work and has made such a positive impact on my sewing. It's not an easy book to read with its case studies but the information - pure gold - and combined with a fitting shell - almost like winning the lottery.
With the M6286 style of blouse, I wasn't sure how to use my usual altering methods because some of the reference points were substantially different. I made my best choices and now I'm making what is essentially a muslin. It may not fit me in the bust but it will fit me everywhere else and it will fit someone else. Good enough. It's been good learning to think the alterations through from a new perspective and - at the same time - reinforces how valuable all the learning I've done has been and how important my fitting shell has become to my sewing.
Talk soon - Myrna
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