Tuesday, June 09, 2009

crappy WIP peek

Ok, so I should have muslined this one. I knew that, but threw caution to the wind.

Sherrill asked if I graded up, and yes I did (to a 48) but I should have left the yokes at a 46 which is my BWOF neck/shoulder size. Here's the bodice, AFTER I pinned out all the excess in the front neckline:

Ignore all the unpressed glory of this top. I could tell almost immediately I needed more width for the bust area, so I wasn't worried about construction perfection. Plus, after I cut it out I noted that the full design of the top + the Hawaiian-esque Amy Butler print = MuuMuu.

And I typically don't need additional help in that area.

Here's how much I pinned the neckline to make it lay flat:

And here's the back, which needed about twice as much taken out of the neckline.

I think I need to figure out the forward-thrusting neck alteration. I must walk around looking like a goose all the time.

The good news? I really like the yoke shaping! It's very cute. And I love the way the cap sleeve falls just so (when it looks as though there's no sleeve at all.) A word about the sleeve opening...I had to lower it by 1 inch. That was a tiny opening! (I got stuck in the top the first time I tried it on. Not funny. Stop laughing.)

OH! And the BWOF directions? Might as well have been in German for all I got out of the yoke/yoke lining paragraph (yes, paragraph). Made NO sense to me so I'll have to tackle that at a later time (or do something different).

Off to work now! Three more days!


  1. Hi Angie,

    I Love your posts. You make me laugh so hard with your self deprecating humor! It makes me feel there is hope for this sewing lady when I see the amazing clothing you make. Thanks so much as always. You've got style baby!

  2. That is looking really pretty and I love that pic of the goose. I had a pet goose when I was a little girl.

  3. OMG you're funny! You do not have a goose neck. However, you may have a rounded high back, like most every other person who sits at a machine all day. I always have to contour yokes like you will have to do for this dress. I'm sorry that your good Butler fabric is ruined, but now you know what not to make this dress from. I agree, mumu's are definitely a what-not-to-wear garment. I hope you can tolerate the kids for the last three days. I'm back to being a regular sub and didn't work much last week and only have tomorrow scheduled for this week. I'm thankful that I don't have to endure the kids since they've already started their summer, right in the classroom.

  4. Well --you actually do have your muslin now. And, the good thing is--you can make a perfect fit garment next time!

  5. Anonymous2:52 PM

    I realy like the pattern, where is it from

  6. You made me laugh, I love that fabric.

  7. Such a funny post. I just finished one of those BWOF patterns, the instructions were terrible. Good luck on your next top.

  8. Ohhh those last three day. I'm so glad I don't have to endure those anymore!
    You do have a great sense of humor. I'll bet your kids love having you as a teacher.
    I am coming to the conclusion that I am learning many, many lessons here lately if it is true that you learn form your mistakes, because I sure have made lots of them lately. Did you see the new award I gave myself? The Biggest Blunder Sewing Blogger Award! I deserved it, believe me!!

  9. You are too funny. I think I know where your son gets his "goofball" from! Congrats, I awarded you the "Lovely Blog Award"! Details at my blog...

  10. So glad I found your blog--you have the best tutorials!! I made a purse (Amy Butler birdie sling) out of that same fabric...there's an idea if the top doesn't pan out!


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