|New Quilt Top Finished: "Math Is Beautiful"|
|Piecing on my 1935 Singer Featherweight|
Earlier last week I was trying to make a muslin of my silly skirt (New Look #6708, OOP) to make sure I was sewing the right size, and I discovered that the contoured waistband didn't fit me very well in ANY of the pattern sizes. I tried cutting the waistband so that it was a size 14 at the top of the band and a size 12 at the bottom of the band, and as you can see in the pictures that got me a good fit with no ripples, but created weirdness at the side seams:
|Hybrid Size 14/12 Waistband Muslin|
So I used my French curve ruler to redraw the curves at the top and bottom edges of the waistband pattern pieces, making sure to keep the waistband a consistent width all the way around with exactly the same curve at the top edge as at the bottom edge, and working with seam lines first and then adding the 5/8" seam allowances back in:
|Redrafting with French Curve Ruler|
|New and Improved Waistband Muslin, Front View|
|No More Wonky Side Seam!|
Yay! That's a pretty custom fit, wouldn't you say? Pardon the poor quality of the photos -- my husband was yelling at me to hurry up and get in the car. Anyway, I am happy with the fit of the new waistband, and my next step will be to make sure that I didn't inadvertently alter the length of the seam line where the waistband attaches to the body of the skirt. Theoretically, since the bottom edge of my new waistband is size 12, the size 12 skirt should be a perfect fit -- but I might as well check to be sure before cutting into the good fabric. I just didn't feel like doing it this weekend.
Maybe tomorrow! I'm linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Sew Darn Crafty at Sew Many Ways,Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, and Show and Tell Tuesday at I Have to Say.
It makes total sense to me to use 4 WIP as an excuse to start something new! It is so worth the time to get a good muslin before cutting into your fabric. I LOVE the dress you are wearing to the theater-you are rocking that dress!
I completely agree about not wanting to cut into the expensive fabric until you get the fit right. In January I made myself a dress and I thought I was going to love it but it is still just hanging there. I haven't worn it once. So definitely make sure you are going to love it before cutting that expensive fabric!
Good job on the pattern alterations to make your skirt waistband fit just right! You'll be so much happier with it.
A girl after my own heart! I'm glad you took the time to adjust the waistband even if nobody is going to see it. You'll know and if it'll bug you then you won't wear it and where is the fun in that? I have a raglan dress I made a few months ago. I hate the way the armpits came out and I really wish I had done a muslin beforehand.
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