So *gestures vaguely at the dumpster fire*, lets’ move on shall we! I’m basically restarting (let’s nor provaricate!) this blog because I’ve started sewing, and need somewhere to document things other than my brain and a messenger chat which moves too fast to scroll through!
So this is the third iteration of the shirt (the other two are muslins). First muslin was too big overall, second muslin I went down a size which mostly worked. The sleeves needed shortening, the shoulders needed taking it (I went for a thumbs width here, which isn’t quite enough, especially if you look from the back), and I needed to grade out for the hips. Thsi is the smallest size grading out to the next size after the waist.
Changes to make next time:
- Take in the sleeves a good 4 inches (2 each side)
- Raise the waist a ‘smidge’. I’m guessing this is why it raises and I have to keep pulling it down (I say keep, I don’t mind that much). I’ll check how much it raises by and raise the waist that much.
- Take in the shoulder seams again. Not by much, and I’ll actually measure it next time… and do it on the yoke and the back piece, rather than fudge it all on the yoke bc I forgot when cutting the back piece. Doh!
- Lower the yoke some at the neckline. It’s difficult to see in these pictures, but it’s bunching at the back at the neckline. I wasn’t sure whether it was because there was too much fabric in the up-down direction, or not enough in the left-right direction, but I finally found another blogger with a similar (on a smaller scale) issue who took fabric out so let’s go with that (it also doesn’t feel tight at all accorss the back, which I guess it would do if it was too tight… I’m flying by the seat of my pants here, can you tell?)
- That last one I’m hoping will bring in the collar a smidge too. Otherwise that’ll stay the same this time around and try again after.
This time will be my first try at tracing the pattern onto pattern paper before sewing, which I’m kinda excited about, and also annoyed at it taking more time. I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end 🙂
Side note- I am still knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, plan to embroider these clothes, want to get into polymer clay, etc. It isn’t going to just be sewing! (Although a lot over the summer may be, and while I get to grips with pattern adjusting!) (p.s., where do I put the tags?)