Monday, January 24, 2011

Crepe Sewalong: Muslin II.5

* Look, new back darts help the fit!

I work at a University, and this fine University has a "Women's Club." It's a rather old-fashioned - and rather AWESOME - organization within the University where female employees, wives of Trinity staff, retired employees, and wives of retired staff get together for social time. I joined the Stitchers Group, a collection of women who meet in the University's costume studio for sewing, knitting, crocheting, and mending once a week.

The costume studio is lovely for two reasons: 1) It is a big space with skylights for ample natural light, plus the amenities of a comfy home, like a washing machine and dryer, dishwasher, sink and fridge, teapot and radio playing happy tunes, and better yet 2) it has every single sewing took imaginable, at my fingertips. And perhaps the coolest thing about the sewing studio is the woman who runs it, Jodi, because she knows so much about sewing and is so helpful to share her knowledge.

She helped me tweak the fit of my Muslin II in late December, making it my new Muslin II.5. The fit is so improved it only needs a few tweaks for perfection. What you see is the beta version of the final Crepe dress. It's almost there, but may have a few bugs to work out yet.

Alterations yet to be made:

Add back the 1 inch swayback tuck. It was unneeded.
Maybe even add an extra 1/2 inch in length to the back and front
Add back darts in realigned position
Decrease side back by 1 inch (to accommodate addition to front waist, see below)

Lower bust dart by 3/4" more
Shorten bust dart to align 1" from apex
Curve waist darts
Perhaps shorten waist darts
Add 1 inch width to side front (it's torching a bit forward)
*consider lowering the neckline a bit, maybe...

What do you think, any other changes needed?

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