Before I go any further I have to say that the wrinkle on my fabric from my seat belt is driving me CRAZY.
This is the newest pattern from Colette Patterns. I was working on my jeans when the pattern was released but I have a Colette addiction so I had to suspend work on the jeans to make this dress.
My original plan was to make the bodice and sleeves from the Liberty print but I obviously just stuck with the bodice front and back. I made all the bias tape out of the Liberty print and even went to the trouble of sewing it to the hem. I like hand sewing.
I underlined the Liberty in plain muslin. For some reason I thought I didn't need to underline the wool flannel because it wouldn't be itchy. It's not terrible but it would be better with an underlining.
I actually went to the trouble of measuring the pattern pieces against my own measurements. Crazy concept, right?! My muslin fit without any adjustments (go figure). The bust and sleeves are a 2 and I graded out to a 4 for the waist and skirt.
The neckline fit seems to be a common issue. There is gathering at the center of the neckline but my issue came at the shoulder. Do you see how it sticks up?
I thought it might just be an issue with my muslin fabric when I did my test garment. I didn't sew the bias binding on my muslin and I also thought that might help it lay down. It didn't. On my actual garment I tried to fix it by gathering the shoulder a bit. That ended up looking cheap. Then I thought maybe a pleat might work but that looked weird and resulted in pulling along the shoulders and chest. On my third try, I added gathers on the Liberty fabric closer to the shoulders. Also a no-go. Gathers along the back didn't work either. I was way too lazy to sew on new sleeves, but I wonder if a solution to the problem might be to slash out a wedge at the center of the raglan sleeve which would make the sleeve more narrow. Has anyone tried this? There is a sewalong going on right now. I haven't read the posts but I hope the answer isn't in the sewalong and I just didn't read it!
Back to the jeans!