Saturday morning….9 a.m. and the phone rings:
I have called every seamstress in the area this morning and no one answers their phone. I am a stewardess and I have a skirt that needs altering.
I am going through a divorce.
I am losing weight.
I want to be seen today.
I have a “girl” up north who does my sewing but I can’t wait until I go back home to have her do this job.
I am flying out Monday morning and I want this done before I leave this area.
I’m sorry I cannot help you but I can give you the name of someone who might be available but seamstresses do not take work on the weekends.
I have a wedding dress that needs everything done to it.
I want an appointment on Labor Day.
I will bring my young son to take care of my newborn baby while I try on the dress and you pin everything out.
This is not a child friendly area, you might want to pick a day when someone can watch your young son and baby at your home.
You may wonder why I cringe every time the phone rings…ha ha
But let’s get to some real sewing…more muslin fun for you!
Enter Vogue 8815….did I mention it is Very Easy? Remember…very easy for the designer. From the envelope it looks like you can have one that looks like a maternity top or something Posh Spice would look good in….the reality in muslin:
What will make this look better and flattering? Let’s angle those weird straight up darts to the actual bust points and lower them too. And while we are at it, let’s lay the View C peplum over the top of AB version…yes, it is longer and higher up on the body but only by an inch or so, not a lot like in the photo envelope. The ends of the darts are 7 inches apart…now in my 40+ years of sewing I have never seen a pair of boobs 7 inches apart…go ahead…I’ll wait while you measure yours…how about 8-11 inches being the norm? While the AB version is just OK, sits on the natural waist with a horizontal seam…it just ain’t that flattering is it? So I put the C view paper over the AB view to see what might elongate the body and voila’ we have a winner! The fabric will be a drapey polyester that will skim the curves and do more good.
What we learned today is that my client really looks good in this shape and here is another top I am whipping up in 2 different knits as well that do some good.
It is from Vogue 8821.
Next time I will show you alterations to both the paper patterns to make the fronts lay flat and the sleeve alterations to sit nicer. Please click on the photos for clearer views of seamlines and writing.