Yes, it is time for my model client to try a new top…this time from Decades of Style 4005 “Girl Friday” from the 1940′s collection. Three women on Pattern Review made it and have commented on the results.
You know I love checking out how well notches match up and whether circles stack as well so let’s start with the actual pattern measurements:
I cut the largest size which is for a
46 inch bust- actual finished bust= 51 inches, (6 inches of ease)
40 inch waist- actual finished waist = 41 inches, (1 inch of ease)
49 inch hips- actual finished hips = 47.5 (loss of 1.5 inches)
So if you were hoping for a flattering fit…maybe this is not for you. Do check out the photos from the PR gals and decide for yourself. The hip area right away will be a problem being smaller than the actual given numbers and smaller than a client.
Now let’s try to match up the 3 collars…remember to spot the circles and notches!
I added new circles and notches just so the collars had something to align with. The bottom notch on the front is supposed to be the end of the collar although my paper collars do not have their seam allowances trimmed away so it is anyone’s guess as to what the last notch signifies. Here is the photo of the collars stacked before trimming: One marking, a bow tie, did not line up: but the boxes did stack: The back side of the collars shows that they are not all attached to center front…only the main collar is attached, the rest have to be sewn to it with decorative stitching or they flap around.
Now all I need is my faithful client/model who will visit for the try-on and to pick up her finished linen jacket…more photos and fun to come!
I did write to the pattern company to say,
I am making your blouse pattern 4005 for a client and I see that the 3 collars have notches and small circles that should line up or at least stack…the top and middle collar sort of stack with the small circle but the last lower collar neither matches with the notches nor the small circle. I am guessing it is supposed to be spaced like the first 2?
and they wrote back, ” that is right. Sorry for the confusion.”
So my friends…another usual reply from a pattern company…normally I get “Just cut it larger” from Peggy Sagers, or “You must have one of the earlier versions” from Louise Cutting but never an apology or correction…in other words…Tough Titty, Mrs Mole. I have given up dealing with Indygo Junction and their total lack of notches and extra short or non-existent facings but at least they have a correction page.
This week involves 2 more “emergency” brides being added to the stack of the 13 brides that have to be done by the end of August…where are those good fairies? At least the weather has dropped for 101 down to 90…yippee! Next time more goodies and tips and tricks for bustles!
A final outrageous comment from a new bride…she asks me “How many brides do you have who leave here crying because their dresses did not turn out like they wanted?”
After I chocked back a WTF in my throat, I said, “well, they do leave here crying some days but with tears of joy because they could never have imagined how nice they looked from what they brought in”.
Some brides have their own set of “cojones” and leave their good sense outside along with their shoes.