Before I start with muslins and comments I have to share my latest purchase. In the past I have bought rayon batiks from this company, Batik Butik, from local retailers and on-line but this time I was able to buy direct and order the thicker weight rayon …and was I delighted with the product! The weight reminds me of wool challis…but it is washable and way cheaper and cooler with prints. In addition, I did order the regular weight rayon to compliment what was already in my stash if I ever get the time to whip up some summer fashions. If you manage to decide which motifs are your style and color and order be sure to tell them you got the link from Mrs Mole!
OK, unto the clothing and pattern side of life….OK, happy readers…for those of you who have been dying to see the Decades of Style 3 collar blouse…ta da….my client came and modeled the muslin and here is what we saw: Not bad but we can do better…get the pins! I cut the largest size so I want to pin out the side seams at the waist and side invisible zipper…oh yes, I forgot to mention that last time. There is a zipper inserted in the left side seam up side down since the front is stitched together. I also added 1 inch extra fabric at the hip and hem area front and back for a total of 4 inches all around. I always add shoulder pads to her garments and in fact she has her own stash of them that are ordered from Wawak.
The amazing thing is the grain line is parallel with the floor and it actually in her words “makes me look slim”. The collars make such a vertical statement and draw you eye to the face away from the rest. By extending the pleats and tucks up an inch or so we get a better shape and get rid of the bagginess in the middle…other than that it is quite a success! The sleeves will be extended 3.5 inches and the hem dropped one inch but that is all for changes right out of the envelope…who knew?
So now before you all go berserk and buy up a load of these patterns…have a look at another one from that company…yes, I am sneaking in a new muslin #5003…you can see some samples and comments here. You might think that one pattern would fit as well as the first one…ha ha…you are wrong! Would you wear this little honey?
Or the other question for we ladies of a certain age who want upper arm coverage…can you live with this sleeve and it’s facings? You can see this pattern is not as nice on the very same body and not very flattering so my client is taking the muslin back to the store to let the owner have it to share with customers…those with skinny arms who want a dainty floppy collar and buttons up the front. My client needs a bit more sophistication and drama! So there you have 2 examples of good pattern/bad pattern fitting muslins…at least we did not go and cut into nice fabric and end up with a wadder!
For those of you who want bustle ideas…sorry next time…with 10 brides left to go it has been a madhouse with sewing all night and no time to take photos and measurements right now. But here is another example of what Elizabeth has deemed “DGD” or Distorted (or delusional) Gown Disorder…the bride said she bought a size 16 because she thought she WAS a 16…yes dear…here is the before: and after: Nine inches is too wide a span to bridge with letting out side seams…it ends up being corset time again…blue ribbon is just what I had handy. She will be lovely on her special day and no one will know it did not come that way with a modesty panel behind…I love my business!
Stay cool until next time!