So, to get it over with, here are some inferior photos of the wearable muslin I'm calling Peppy:
|It's really hard to get wrinkles out of this without adding more wrinkles. You can not see them when the blouse is worn.|
|Here's the bias tape I made in lieu of lining this muslin|
|I'm pretty proud of the workmanship inside. Not bad for an unlined garment with lots of shaping. And I was working without a pattern. That blue thing is a little button.|
|The peplum, wrong side. I'm very happy with how it turned out - both in terms of drape and in terms of workmanship.|
But it's a very wearable muslin because the changes it requires are evident and none of them is too complex. Note: I haven't made the next version - which I will do in exactly the same way (unlined) - so I haven't posted yet about an alteration I've discovered in my bodice fitting travels. Stay tuned - that piece is
What Doesn't Fit Optimally in This First Attempt (To Be Adjusted):
There's an argument to be made that I should have constructed the size 10 (I made the 12), but I have a theory about why the 12 was the better size to start with. It goes along with the post about that alteration (see above). Having said that, on the 12, here are the muslin 1 fit issues:
- The shoulders are slightly too wide and create a fall to the neckline that is slightly too long (I'm being picky)
- The side seams need to be taken in, but symmetrically. Because I was fooling around with fit as I went, I do have larger SAs on the zipper side than on the (first-to-be-seamed) other side. This won't happen on my next go around. It was an unavoidable muslin-hazard.
- There is pooling in the lower back
- I used an 8" zip (I had it on hand and this was a stash-busting exercise). The pattern called for a 10" so now I have to wiggle the waistline over my tits to get it on. Next time I listen to to the instructions.
- This is a freakin' gorgeous pattern that yields a versatile and elegant result.
- It works well on a small frame with large breasts.
- The peplum is very a la mode.
- I've figured out how to make it without lining it - now I have options (I find lining too thick in most scenarios). Note that I made my own bias tape - Lord how I've resisted being lured into this. And I used Tasia's very useful method for applying it. Takes the miserable part, of tri-folding the tape, out of the equation.
- From where I'm sitting, there's not much to hate here. I know that the instructions (when I finally follow them to make the lined version) are not going to be particularly detailed. On this topic, there are few useful technical drawings so I'd say the pattern instructions are its main detractor. (Note: I reserve the right to change my mind.)
- It's deceptively simple and, by that, I mean it looks very easy to make but it's not. (See below.)
Rightly, this pattern is marked Intermediate, though a keen beginner might think: "Hey, there's not so much going on. I can deal with three simple pieces and no sleeves! But take heed, beginners. I do suggest you wait till you have a year or two under your belt (or until you've sewn quite a few tops) before you take this on. Note: I'm generally not one to suggest people limit their imaginations. I'm just trying to give a realistic interpretation of why this may not be a piece of cake for a novice.
I've already discussed how the instructions aren't detailed. Beginners tend to rely on instructions more than other resources, based on what I've read and seen and done, and they can't rely much on sewing technique or on the experience of the drape and fall properties of fabric and ease.
The beauty of this pattern is in the graceful fall of the garment. In order to achieve it you need a) the right fabric - having the right weight and sheen and feel and b) solid construction abilities i.e. a steady hand, a nice stitch.
Furthermore, make this too large or too small and it will really undercut the impact. I mean, you can mess with the fit a little, but its beauty is in how it displays your own form and symmetry (or the impression of symmetry if you use your excellent fitting skills). Beginners aren't universally naturals at alterations.
In terms of actual techniques you need to know - without much help from the instructions - there are all of the beginner ones such as seaming and cutting and darting etc. And then there are these:
- Lining a garment
- Cutting and draping a bias cut peplum onto a straight grain bodice.
- Inserting a zipper into the side waist of the straight grain bodice that continues into the bias-cut peplum - which means you really need to interface the seam allowances, preferably with organza.
- Hemming a very wavy peplum. This is not for the faint of heart. It requires easing a very large length into a considerably smaller length. It took me more than an hour to do and I have done this numerous times, in numerous garments, using numerous techniques. Note: If you understand how it works, it's not hard. But it's time consuming and it's a learned-skill.
What do you think?