“You can always use the fabric for a Barbie dress”
This was a classic case of misplaced bust darts ruining a top. Not only are they too too high, but pointing in different directions. Niiiice. Then I tore them out three times and tried to resew them lower. In a stiff vintage velvet. It just kept getting worse! Needle puncture holes showing in the fabric and well, you know….
Failures. We all have them. Well, at least, most of us. Best to move on and not worry about lost fabric and lost hours. I’ll look on the bright side….
I figured out a few things about fitting sleeves and raising armsceyes and lowering too high sleeve caps and narrow shoulder adjustments! This still needs more work, though. Why oh why didn’t I lower the darts? I could see on my muslin that it was too high! I guess I wanted to believe that my breasts would magically perk up an inch and a half or two if I put on a better bra.
And the poor velvet fabric looks like it was mauled by goodness knows what. I had the bright idea that if I threw the velvet into the washer and dryer that it would become softer and less stiff and easier to work with. Instead, it wilted and became very sad looking.
Also, a big bust dart in a velvet top is just never a good idea. After all the work I put into Gigi’s pink velvet Christmas dress last month, you would think I’m a glutton for punishment to try to sew with a stiff woven velvet again.
So I guess I can always use the fabric for a Barbie dress.
I haven’t given up on this pattern yet. I put a lot of work into the sleeve and armsceye so I just need to lower the dart for my next version. And figure out the shoulder pulling.
- If the sleeve looks incredibly wonky on a pattern photo, don’t even bother trying to fix it. It’s more trouble than it’s worth
- Never throw rayon velvet in the dryer.
- Make sure your darts are pointing in the same direction and are at the same height before you sew. Basting them first helps.
- Don’t pick a pattern with big darts if sewing velvet. Because you can’t really press it.
Stay tuned for one more version of this pattern in linen. Because I’m a glutton for punishment and will not stop until I conquer it’s many problems. I’ve come too far to go back now.
If any of you have any other fitting observations or tips pipe up in the comments. Sometimes a project needs a fresh perspective.