I’m going to call this a wearable muslin:

It’s not a horrible fit, but the shoulder area needs to be taken up 3/4-1 inch on both the front and back. Doing this should correct the two things going on with this shirt that I see: 1) The ‘arms’ are loose at the top of the shirt and front – there’s just too much fabric there! 2) The girls peek out just a bit too much, too – I know that it’s a deep neckline, but my bra peeks out without some careful rearranging of the top (which brings us pack to more issues with #1).
There was also some discussion on Pattern Review when this pattern was first released about the puckering under the model’s arm and how poorly the top might have been sewn. Now I’ll agree the shoulder line area looks ‘tighter’ than mine (which I will soon be correcting). However, I know know what that puckering is all about! The pattern has you easing in the front pieces approximately 6-8 inches in each side, right underneath the arm pit. I haven’t figured out why they drafted the pattern like this, either.
With that said, I’m off to adjust my pattern and cut into some different fabric!

10 thoughts on “Muslin

  1. bernadette

    Is this view A or view B? I need to know so I can tell if there is too much, or too little, puckering going on. HAHA
    It still looks nice and wearable. You could always sew in a “bridge” fabric for more coverage at the V.

  2. stacy

    bernadette – ROFL!
    Eventually, I’m going to try out all the styles (I’m anxious to see how the tank goes – I love tanks in the summer) – I think next time I’m making A, though (all the ruching) with the toile fabric from Emma One Sock. It seems like a good fabricpattern match.
    MeLisa – Suprisingly, this pattern uses clear elastic on the crossover part (I would have sewn this up sooner, but had to wait to get this kind of elastic)! It does seem to help keep the crossover stay put.
    No Onion here either – I was hoping it would arrive today. Instead I got the Joann’s & Hancock’s fliers instead. Now to plan what I need this rounds of sales. LOL!

  3. Kris

    I completely agree with your diagnoses 🙂 Looks to be a great top once you finish with it! Do you think it would make a good nursing (breastfeeding) top?

  4. Debbie Cook

    The top is cute on you and will be even more so once you make those changes you’ve described. But that Scarlett O’Hara 17-inch waist of yours is TO DIE FOR! 😉

  5. bernadette

    Off topic, but – my EOS order of blanket design wool just arrived – in record time! Maybe I will use it THIS winter. The quality is very good, with a nice soft feel on the brushed side. The color I thought of as “off-white” is really more of a very pale beige/peach. No matter. The black/red/grey and less of this pale color are well-balanced and look good together. The fabric is sort of reversible, but the brushed side is definitely the “right” side!
    Maybe I can talk our local, discount dry-cleaner into steaming these 4 yds for me (for a fee, of course) – to pre-shrink it so I don’t have to at home! (My seamstress Mom used to lay out a heavy wool blanket on her bed, cover that with a layer of white turkish towels, then lay out her wool fabric on top, spritz it quite well with water, and finally hold her iron over it, not quite touching, bit by bit to pre-shrink it! But that was usually just a yard to make a skirt!)

  6. stacy

    Kris – I’m not sure, since it uses clear elastic, it doesn’t have as much give around the neckline so it might not be the most comfortable, although it does have quite a deep neckine so it might make up for it.
    Bernadette – Wow, that was fast! I just love the quality of EOS fabrics. I’m glad you liked it (you’ll have to send me a picture of your jacket if you make it soon).
    Debbie – ROFL.

  7. Anonymous

    wow, I can see all the things you need to change,, but only now that you told us about it, at first glance the only thing that really stood out was the lenght of the shoulders,,, good diagnose

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