After completing my pattern alterations, I turned my attention to fabric. Not until the 5th choice that I pulled, pressed and plinked, did I discover a possible. Absolutely wanted a fabric without stretch. Absolutely wanted a woven fabric. My first fabric turned out to be directional and therefore not enough length on-hand. (I would have known even if no one else had a clue.) Back into the stash it went. The next was a horizontal stripe. I didn’t have enough fabric to match stripes. The 3rd… well on and on. I recommend when purging fabrics that you keep some uglies. As it was I had a hard time deciding to sacrifice a fabric to this test. My fabric is a rayon-challis fractal-print in vibrant colors. It would have been a perfect 3rd layer blouse (coordinating several existing and even future garment pieces). Today it was a great fabric to test fit. I didn’t have quite enough fabric to place both pattern pieces in the same direction. I prefer that layout even when nap or grain is not believed to be a factor. When I hear Peggy Sagers confidently assure the world that grain doesn’t matter, I grit my teeth. To me it’s like someone saying ‘that dog won’t bite’. Sorry, if the dog has teeth, it can bite. I know because I’ve been bitten. However, this is a test; I won’t be seeing the back; so I placed my tissue with hems at the cut crosswise grain and shoulders sharing the same horizontal plane, similar to this:
After cutting, I taped necklines and armscyes. Spent an hour trying to thread my serger. Don’t know if it was me or the serger. But Sally (my HV S21) wouldn’t serge more than 3 inches before knotting. Finally got her to serge finish edges using a 3 thread, wide stitch and size 11 needles. I serged the shoulders together. Then stitched the right shoulder 1/8″ deeper before changing to water-soluble thread for basting the side seams and center back. I left the center back open from neck to 8″ below the neckline and again between the hem’s raw edge and 13″ above.
I was leery of taking and examining the first pics. Amazed at the outcome.
Surprisingly, OK maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, but the front armscyes gape, horribly.
However, there isn’t a mess of U’s along the side seam. Only a single droop along the bust.
The garment is too long. Sleeveless, half-inch above the floor is not flattering on me. I’m distinctly reminded of a Big M.A.C.K. truck –better get out of my way…..
But overall, this is not bad. I’m never going to look like any of today’s popular starlets. I don’t even aspire to such appearances. So I can look at this and say , yes a high round neckline is never flattering for me; and gaping front armscye is unattractive, but I know a solution and breaking up the Big M.A.C.K resemblance is possible. !!!WAIT!!! Other than the gaping front armscye, my biggest objections to this garment at its first try-on have nothing to do with fit. It’s all about appearances; looks. Looks that I can change.
So I increased the shoulder slope 1/8″. Finished the armscye using the same elastic trick as on Sleeveless Sloper Muslin #2. Closed the back neck vent and created a front button placket before permanently stitching side seams, center back seam and hem. The finished garment is:
Ok I had a bad hair day and pictures were hurried. DH was insisting I appear for the evening meal immediately (he’s the chief cook at our house.) I should promise to retake pics but I hate to lie.
DH immediately pronounced my tank/dress a hit. He loved the colors and shape and I wasn’t even wearing it. At 48 deg, it’s still too cool for me to be running around sleeveless.
Personally, I’m delighted that my test is wearable. A few, minor changes need to be copied back to the tissue. More importantly, I fit this pattern with minimal effort and a single set of pictures. In the future, I can easily trace a new pattern; trace the sloper; and merge the two. I don’t consider that ‘bad news’ at all. I’m very happy.