The sew along is mid way through - excellent instruction from Tasia, fyi - but I appear to be finished. What can I say? I wanted to see how it would turn out:
I've made View B and it's very lovely. Totally feminine. Dare I say, girly. And while I'm generally not into frills, this has a bit of an edge, IMO.
No, you're not just seeing things. It's definitely NOT in cerise silk. Here's the thing: Though I'd made a muslin, I was not ready to use the (irreplaceable) silk on my first go around. Then, happily, last week I just happened to stumble across that lovely floral (which my obnoxious kid calls "granny fabric"), with navy background - can you honestly say you're surprised?? - and it was on sale for $4.00 a yard.
BTW, these are the new denim leggings. I'm wearing an ensemble:
Some thoughts on the garment:
- This seems to be my regular refrain these days but I really should have made a size smaller. I've had to take in every seam twice - once on the muslin and again on the finished garment. There's alteration and then there's reconstruction and I've veered dangerously close to the latter.
- The pattern is more intermediate than beginner, IMO. The instructions are very clear, but there are a lot of steps for a simple shell (of course, that's because it's a frilly, simple shell). It's fairly hardcore, IMO, making ruffles with slippy fabric. Not hard, but finicky. If I were a newbie sewist, I'd have a lot of questions. Mind you, that's why sew alongs save the day.
- I don't often sew with patterned fabric. When I do, I lean towards the nebulous, the asymmetric. I don't want to deal with lining up chevrons or dots. I know I can do it, but it's such a pain in the ass. I was concerned that this pattern would be observably mismatched (since I paid no attention to alignment of the flower bunches), but I don't think my fabric (non)alignment is particularly notable.
- Though I succeeded in removing waist bunching on the muslin, the fashion fabric is somehow still to0 long through the waist. Really, if you're long waisted - this is the pattern for you. I imagine it would fit a super tall pear shaped woman fantastically, right out of the envelope.
- My serger was invaluable to me in this process. In the end, after determining the correct seam allowances, I serged over the princess seams to a) reduce bulk and b) finish some pretty fray prone fabric.
- I will definitely make this again - in the size 8, with any required alterations (still more shortening of the waist!). It's a very useful wardrobe piece - a little bit fancy, predominantly simple, good with pants or skirts.