Vogue 1247. By now everyone else in the sewing world has made it and loved it. I don't even know if I like it, but this pattern almost seems like a rite of passage pattern
So I am going to make a test version. Out of very ordinary material. Just in case I don't like it much.
I have the skirt already started. As I am using scraps of black calico, I thought I might as well make this my muslin. If it works, I have a bonus skirt.
I have the skirt made up and pinned up to approximately the right hem length. Not levelled of course. I also forgot I was wearing my wrist bandage (often worn sewing - I have a rheumatic condition that affects joints sometimes). I don't follow the old 1950's adage that you should look your best when fitting garments, complete with makeup (seems silly, it may go on the clothes...). I just wear an old t-shirt and trousers that can be pulled on and off easily.
I've folded my t-shirt up so that I can view the pockets and see how they sit:
Which look to me a little as though they will pouch. Like this:
Hmmm. I suspect my small hips and thighs are part of the problem - I don't have anything to pull the skirt out.
I think I can salvage the situation by applying tension (which a fuller body would do be filling out the skirt) and anchoring the pockets a bit at the corners - much like reinforcing pockets. I can also make them just a bit smaller this way.
I'm glad I am testing this pattern first - in my imagination, I was going to have barely visible pockets, and would have used an exquisite linen.
I am going to muslin the top out of bits and pieces of old sheet and other bits and pieces reserved for this purpose:
As this top has an enormous amount of design ease and is extremely large around the neck area, I decided to cut size 6. Which is quite big enough. The neck will fall off me, so I will add an inch (2cm approx) to this area. I have marked my bust points, and the darts are well below. However, if I pull the dart line over my bust, it tends to flatten me. The pleats give more than enough bust fullness, and the darts tend to take the garment in under it. And when I raised the garment so that the darts sat nearer my bust, I just looked flat.
So, I decided to leave them as they were.
I am going to take out a bit of fullness at the side. If you look closely at the picture above and below you can see the pins where I will do this. This small alteration also adds a bit of shape.
And as for the side view - patterns rarely show you that - this is what is happening:
I am still very much in two minds about this pattern. Do I like either piece? I'll make it up the skirt and the top and reserve my final judgement for when I see the finished garments.
Sarah Liz :)