I'm kinda late getting in on it but I'm joining Make a Garment a Month. I haven't decided what I'm going to make especially for it yet
Today I'm showing you B5954
Now this is one of those patterns I knew I shouldn't try. I knew before I started that it would only be suitable (IMO) for a tall, thin woman and not be a good look for me and that it would take a lot of trial to get it to work for me. I had read Shams' post and was prepared to do a lot of draping and shaping to my body. And guess what! All that was true!
Having said all that, I think I did it! I think I made it work and I quite like my results! Here it is.
Isn't the fabric TDF? It's a double sided poly/rayon with a moderate amount of stretch that really wanted to be a dress but I really don't have a lot of need for dresses in the winter so it was destined to become a top and if it had to be a top, it insisted on being this one!
First I did an FBA using the Craftsy class Adjust the Bust with Kathleen Cheetham. I highly recommend this class. She is so precice and clear in her instructions. I love her teaching method.
Then I adjusted for narrow, sloping shoulders following Custom Fitting the Back,Neck and Shoulders again with Kathleen Cheetham and another great class.
I sewed the front and back together and I tried it on and pinned and cut away some of the swing FOUR times!!! Each time I used my French curve and was careful to shape the waist area.I also reduced the amount of swing from the back a couple of times. Finally I was satisfied with how it looked while realizing at the same time that I'm far from tall and thin. In the end I realized that if I sewed the overlap down it wouldn't pull apart even if it was just slightly and I would look slimmer at the waist. That's what I did.
I really like the side view and how it dips in the back.
Here's how it looks worn with tan denim slim jeans copied from a pair by Santana which fit me well and I just finished yesterday.
And worn with my cream ponte skirt made last winter.This is how I wore it to church this morning.
Next up, I plan to try out a couple of other tops patterns bought last time there was a sale at BMV, V8952
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