Another blogger, Julie of ReadyThreadSew started a Bitchfest 2013 in order to ask if women wanted to hear real honest comments about their clothes photos. I guess it all depends if you are new to sewing and need a pat on the back or a veteran who needs the truth.
My gripe is always bad fit….loosey goosey,airy linen comfortable/
baggy clothes that have no shape and worse yet…a pregnancy shape which does not work on a woman over 50.
One of my dear custom clients brings me great fabrics she finds along her travels and this week she dropped off this pairing…the pattern Vogue (Very Easy) 8090 and this fabric
Simple top, one button, 3/4 sleeves….what could go wrong? I told her that I would like/
insisted to make a muslin to make sure this pattern would suit her and lay flat in the front. Here is the muslin and can you see what is going on here? I have outlined the body shape in black dots and the red line should be following the red parallel line but it isn’t…how charming!
Now from the look of the pattern envelope and the title Very Easy you might think…Hell yes, I can crank out this top in the recommended fabric (linen, gabardine) and wear it to some uber-chic gathering/
school function and won’t the folks think I bought this in a fashionable boutique where cool ladies/ Jennifer Aniston shop. I think not…the best they might think is that you are wearing your pajama top. Or they may think you are 6 months pregnant and doing a good job of covering that up. Either way what other sewers will see is the horizontal bust seam line is hiking up in front causing drag lines and screaming “DART ME!”
This top is a classic box, rectangle sleeves, no shoulders, shapeless no dart example of what is out there in RTW with labels like Eileen Fisher and J. Crew…they work if you have no bust and square shoulders…basically 12 year old girls and cross-dressers.
Can this top be fitted properly and salvaged…yes, and I will attempt that when my client gets back into town the following week. I would like her to look as carefree as the model on the envelope…now where did I leave my magic wand???
This weekend will be filled with planting seeds for beans and peas and checking for snail damage along with bridal sewing. My vest man is coming next week for his try-on and I have some changes in the collar I drafted to share with you. Enjoy your weekend!