Here's today's project. It's my second muslin of the Salme Sewing Patterns Peplum. Since I made the first wearable muslin, last weekend, I have worn it and clarified its fit issues.
Have I mentioned lately that everyone would do well to make a wearable muslin of everything and then to wear it in the real world? You learn more about what needs to change in a day of regular wear (of a garment in a fabric the drape of which will match your "final item") than you ever will from a cotton, half-done basted thing that you try on for 30 minutes in your sewing room to gain a sense of fit.
Back to muslin 2, this new version is an interesting and rather different spin on the last one:
- Length, darts and side seams up to armscye in size 12 (the original)
- Armscye, graded the 12 to a size 10
- Shoulders and neck, graded from a 10 to an 8
- Removed .5 inch above the bust on the front (to shorten from shoulder to bust apex where I there was way too much extra length for me)
- Removed .5 inch below the armscye on the back (to address substantive pooling)
I'm very close to posting about this theory I have - not a new one - and a potential way to address bust alterations for the narrow/buxom/short-waisted frame. But I need to clarify a few things first. This muslin should give me a lot more info to work with.
Finalement, that silk is very strangely-patterned (Tracy Ellen, 2007, according to the selvedge). Part of me thinks it's chic and interesting. Another part thinks it's entirely Pebbles and BamBam. I have no idea how it's going to look on me. I guess today will tell.
What do you think of it? Feel free to say you think it's hideous. I mean, you don't have to wear it :-)
PS: Have this whole other theory about peplums and the kinds of frames that should stay the hell away from them. That'll be in yet another post coming soon.