Remember that this is my lab notebook. In fairness, I have shown a lot of garments I've made which I love -- fit, fabric, and lovely patterns. Ummm, time to share a failed experiment. No dart or sneaky rework could save it -- or maybe I need your help to fix it. . . Shame since my invisible zip insertion is pretty darn good.
New Look 6299, View A
2 yards maroon with black diamond cotton
1/2 yard black cotton
Coats and Clark black thread
22" Maroon invisible zipper
Cue the pattern picture and line drawing because this is how I get sucked in.
Princess seams -- easy fitting. Collar to give that librarian look. Sleeves cause I like 'em. I decided on view A because of the collar and I added the sleeves of view D. Before adding the sleeves, I did a quick fit check and it seemed to be ok -- it was a tad larger than expected so I brought the side seams in by 1/2 inch. Here is a front view:
Here is the front. Notice my arms are behind slightly stretching the bodice. Do you see it? The pesky problem that no matter what I did or how I gathered it would not go away. During my fit check there was no indication that there would be a gob a fabric on either side of my bust.
Ummm, pooh. I didn't see this until I tried it on after finishing. I put the garment on my dress form and tired to gather the excess fabric in a way that would 1. get rid of it and/or 2. hide it. When I gathered, it pulled at the bust seam. I unpicked the side seams to see if the the excess I had taken in earlier had this negative impact... Nope, still a gob a fabric there. I then tried to fold it into shapes that would hide it a la dart style -- still a fail! I brought in the bodice seams and it still looked funky!!
Grrrr, frustrating. I know I am a small-busted gal and maybe this pattern was for a lady who was gifted with more. Or maybe this pattern just doesn't work for me without a lot of extra work. Please know that I am all for understanding the problem and learning a solution so that in the future if I encounter anything remotely similar again, well, I will be armed and ready to tackle it! Will I fix this thing!? Nah, probably not. Zapped my energy. I would rather start anew. Into the charity box it goes...and on to the next project.
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