I've been following along with the sew along, and probably averaging 30 minutes a day, but just haven't managed to sew every day. You do what you have to do, right? Initially in the sew along, I was ahead of the game, but once the actually sewing commenced, I was a couple of days behind, and that proved to be beneficial, because I was prepared for some tweaking that I may have to do. As it turned out, I ended up having some major tweaking of that underbust seam, and spent about 2 hours Sunday morning getting it right. Well, almost right, but right enough that my next version will have a cleaned up pattern piece and should, fingers crossed, work right off the bat.
So. Pictures. With commentary beneath them. And at least a couple will be posted to the Tiramisu flickr group.
- Black, but my work uniform color. A cotton knit from fabric.com
- It's a top. Duh. I had about a yard of this knit, so that's all I could get, and I'm fine with that. Some of y'all might call it a wearable muslin, but I hate that term so let's just go with version 1.
- I cut out the 35C with a 35 waist.
- Ended up raising the underbust seam of the bodice about an inch in the center to about 2 inches at the sides.
- The gathers worked better for me in the center. That was deliberate and not a mistake.
- I haven't done the actual checking, but the top of the midriff piece ended up cut at about the size 30, grading out to the 35 at the natural waist.
- ACK! I have red hair now! When did that happen? ;)
- After seeing these pictures I might go back to bangs.
- Oh, the top. There is one issue with the neck binding that is a mistake on my part. Will be rectified with the next version.
- Because I had to raise the underbust seam, I had to shorten the edge of the front sleeve. It worked, but in version 2, I'll shorten the back sleeve edge and lengthen the front to make them proportional again.
- It basically means that it feels a little weird in the armpit area, but doesn't look bad. Only I will know that.
- I'm debating on narrowing the midriff band about half an inch.
- Ultimately, I think it will work better as a dress. It definitely needs the weight of the skirt to pull the bodice into the proper place. Scroll down a bit for my solution.