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Template + Jacket

Time to start using my template to compare a jacket pattern for myself. This jacket has front princess seams and a center back seam. With the template under the new pattern back, we can see that the upper curve is … Continue reading

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Plans for Nancy

When Nancy spends time in Portland, she brings back such goodies for me! Here are some future projects: Butterick 6421 two-toned jacket/coat View A Vogue 1318 jacket View B Along with some Italian wool for 2 more pair of pants: … Continue reading

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2008 and a Princess

Trolling through my “aging closet”, I found this pattern and muslin I made back in 2008. At the time I was smaller and just wanted a basic blouse pattern. It fit at the time and for some reason, it got … Continue reading

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What next?

For those of you who have followed along Step 1-11 to make a sloper/muslin of a basic blouse/bodice, you probably want to know what we can do with this new template. Depending on the dimensions, you can either place it … Continue reading

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Final Alignment

What do we do now that the muslin/sloper has sleeves? How about removing most of the hand basting (yes, that is what I did) and flatten the stack with original paper pattern on the bottom, altered new paper pattern in … Continue reading

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Gather and Attach

Let’s continue with the sleeve fitting…I’m going to cut 2 sizes, one of the 18 and one of the 16 and play with them. Here are the two paper patterns: Because I decreased the inner width and length by 1/2 … Continue reading

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Ready to Add Sleeves

Some final tweaking is needed before the sleeves are to be attached. Working with my duct tape dummy is so easy but what does the sloper/muslin look like on me? How close did we get to a good fit? Now, … Continue reading

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Tweaking

After letting the muslin rest for 2 weeks, I’m back to measure and tweak it. As we know, my right shoulder to my waist is one inch shorter than the left. So what options do I have to look more … Continue reading

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Center Back Fold Step 11

Not all center back folds can be slashed and spread like a center back seam. But, let’s start like usual by drawing the yoke line. Someone asked me where to draw this line, I would say that for slashing, it … Continue reading

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Adding and Tucking Step 10

For those of you new readers who have just joined, the measurement charts are here on the Home page. I have labelled the steps 1 to 10. Feel free to download and print out to use now or in the … Continue reading

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