Fashion fabric for wearable muslin: Ivory/Cream, crepe back satin with the satin on the inside. Sewed with French Seams.
|Wearable Muslin 130/ Cream/Ivory Crepe Back Satin|
Here are my notes to get a better fit: First things first, I needed a bust dart. Seriously, lets create some definition. On my test muslin the placement on the bust dart was correct; however, on my wearable muslin, I drew the wrong lines and placed the bust dart too low. Darn it. (I should have used a different color for the correct bust dart lines on my pattern, but now I know.)
I took out around 2" on both side seams, and created a curved seam instead of a straight line seam. I think if your body has curves, then put some into the pattern.
Now lets talk about those sleeves. I love the pleats in the sleeves....so beautiful. Also, I had to shorten the sleeves 1 1/2" inches, but I do have short arms.
I raised the neckline an inch; however, after I sewed it up and tried it on, I realized the neckline needed to be raised a little bit more. I ended up slip stitching the front neckline so I wouldn't be flashing anyone. The back slit is the perfect length.
The bias tape for sleeve hem and neckline. Ok I tried to sew with a 3/4" inch wide bias tape; which is what Burda suggested......but with all the gathers in the sleeves, I couldn't get that dam bias tape to fold over neatly, and it came out not high quality but more home-made. Now I know, for me, stick with 1" bias tape, that is the narrowest I wish to sew.
For the hem: I did cut off about 3" from the bottom. I know that I will only wear this blouse tucked in, so why have that extra fabric bunching up in the hip area. Also, I used cream (store bought) bias tape and made a Hong Kong seam............I love this look it is so clean and neat.
|Bias tape on hem|
Things I still need to do: I wore my wearable muslin blouse one time and in some spots the bias tape on the sleeve came un-done. Obviously I missed sewing some areas.........so I need to hand slip stitch them together. I do need to fold up the hem 5/8" and hand -stitch.
Already I have cut out eggplant crepe fashion fabric to sew up my "real" blouse. Now with all the corrections: I should end up with a beautiful blouse for my closet. More photos to come when both blouses are complete.