Last time Jessica visited, she sewed a really cute pair of rompers for her son. This time, she worked on a bunting bag. Minus the legs and plus a zipper, it was a similar configuration and a good next step.
I love watching her sew. She has an attention to detail and an awareness of the fabric than many sewists don't have after years and years - like it's innate - plus the most graceful hand movements - perhaps from years of piano practice, perhaps innate as well.
Only she's quite picky. This should not surprise me from the girl who got upset with the fat finger crayons because she couldn't see the point clearly enough to color completely inside the lines. I thought she'd gotten over that - LOL. As she explains, she's an accountant. She likes things lined up and orderly. I thought the bunting bag was perfectly fabulous for a second project. She wants a neater edge around the neck and arms so we're adding a black binding.
Jessica brought along the clothes I sewed for her last month so we could fine tune the fit. The skirt was great although she'll need a smaller size next time. One top - Vogue 8691 - was way too short and needed more room through the bust so we ended up cutting across it and treating it like a muslin. Another - Vogue 8817 - needed the sides taken in 2" each. Next time, we'd eliminate the band across the front and we're not sure about the tunic length. I think she should try tights. She says definitely not. Skinny jeans then.
This top - Vogue 8323 - fit the best. When I drafted the pattern, I added 1/2" to the front waist at the side seam and at the princess seams for an additional 3" of ease and then took in the princess seams 1" each eliminating 4" of ease which basically means I can go back to how it was drafted with a bit more curve through the princess seams. We reshaped the neckline to be lower. I'll change that on the pattern. Next time, she'd prefer elbow length or short sleeves but she's willing to live with this length for now. The princess seam is armscye. We'd prefer shoulder so I'll adapt that for next time as well. Otherwise, it's pretty good and fits her well, especially through the back. I'll copy this armhole shape with a little more fine tuning.
She hated having these pictures taken. She's as self conscious in front of the camera as I am. We do it for the blog, to share and encourage. LOL... well... actually... that's why I do it. She finally let me take her picture because I nagged her into it and said the blog would really like to see how the tops looked, please, please, please - VBG.
Jessica made an interesting observation. She said, I look better with more shape through the bust and some tummy showing rather than no shape and no tummy. YES YES YES - we can get so fixated on what we perceive as a flaw that we forget to show off our assets. Everything is in hiding, even the good stuff. Frankly, I think most people are encouraged to see someone looking gorgeous but not perfect - just like themselves - and are looking much higher up. They want to see our face.
Jessica has a lovely bust line, gorgeous skin, a beautiful smile, sparkling eyes, and a collection of statement necklaces that her mother would love to get her hands on - LOL - even if she isn't wearing one in this picture.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a good fitting basic to work forward from