Well, I managed to make a top that was really not my style at all. The most ill fitting, unflattering thing I’ve made for awhile! And I actually made a muslin for this.
The pattern? McCall’s 7542, a best pattern of the year pick from Pattern Review. Surprisingly, my two biggest fails have been PR favorites.
And then I only made a muslin for the bodice and not one for the sleeves. The sleeves on this thing are a disaster. I should have remembered I always have big trouble with Big 4 sleeves, which usually have way too much excess ease at the sleeve caps, giving a puckered homemade look.
And this ruffle trend, which is everywhere this year and has replaced the cold shoulder trend, another one I didn’t get the point of, is just not my style. Maybe I’m too set in my ways to suddenly start wearing ruffles, which I feel very frou frou and kind of dorky in.
Although this sleeve on a flamenco dress would be perfect.
It seems every time I use a pattern with a D cup the armholes are way too tight and the top is strangely tight above the bust. And my boobs look much larger than they usually do! And that giant honking dart always looks bad.
Problems with this top.
Too tight above bust.
Too tight at armholes.
Too big at the bust.
Neckline is too high and not flattering for a larger bust.
Sleeves are hideously fitted! Where do I start? Too many puckers at cap, too tight at armhole. Sleeve cap not centered properly. It needs a forward shoulder adjustment, too.
I lowered the dart an inch and it looked good on the muslin, but it’s much too low now. The low dart makes my bust look lower than it is. Depressing.
It seems I will never stop making occasional wadders. Next time I make a muslin, I will make the sleeves too.
If you are new to sewing, fear not. It happens to most everyone. Failed projects stink. But hopefully we learn what we did wrong. Until we forget all over again next time.
I started the ready to wear fast but am already looking longingly online at tennis dresses. Even though I promised myself I would only make tennis dresses.
We will see if I can stick to my pledge. I’m already waffling and it’s only January.