I don’t think I was expecting this project to be as… intense as it has been. I am wandering off my beaten sewing path, and I am feeling a little lost without experience to guide me, or an expert to hold my hand. Could you tell me…. Is this “muslin” coming together right?
- my seam ripping to let out the hips
- my complete inability to keep right sides and wrong sides straight
- my poorly “set-in” sleeves
- my laziness in not fixing it when I got it wrong
- and that I made the jacket way longer than I want it. I’ll figure out a flattering length after I fix the hips.
(I can’t believe I’m posting pictures like this on the internet.)
My main concern with how this is looking so far is the baggy-ness around the arm pits. Can you see it in these pictures?
I’m not sure how to go about fixing it, but here are some thoughts on it:
1. The pattern calls for shoulder pads. I normally avoid shoulder pads, but lifting up the shoulder may eliminate some of the armpit droop.
2. This pattern is designed with a 5 1/2 inch wearing ease, apparently a pattern industry standard. If I was making a full-out tailored suit coat for business use, I think it would be fine. I am hoping for a more casual tailored look though. Something more like this.
It seems a far cry from what I have here, but maybe it’s just the difference between the model’s body and my own. Because really, no matter how tailored this jacket is, I will not look like her. So, I’m not sure if my frustration from how this muslin looks on me is really a frustration with how my own body looks. Learning more about pattern fitting has taught me a lot about body acceptance, but I am still a long ways away from a good place.
A 5 1/2 inch ease does seem like a lot though. Could I drop down the size without making the coat too constricting? Maybe something closer to a 4 inch wearing ease like in this more tailored pattern?
So, what next?
- Find some shoulder pads and see how that looks.
- I’m getting frustrated with this project, maybe I should just sew it up and let it be an imperfect fit. It would probably be better than what I would buy at the store anyways, because I would let it out in the hips.
- Or I could sew it up in a size smaller and see if I like it better.