Supposed to be easy--and it was, mostly. Just that life got in the way a bit, so it wasn't as quick as I might have hoped.
The pattern: McCall's 7166 (long out-of-print; I think it's from 1980?)
The fabric: ooh, it's also old! I purchased this a looong time ago to make a maternity tunic top (my youngest child is 23). I believe it is a french terry knit, rather stiff. Would have been perfect for a tunic...
The Fit: this is my year to try and adjust, correct, and get fit issues sorted out in home-sewn garments. I refuse to let my me-made items suffer from the ill-fit of ready-to-wear.
- I lengthened the shirt by 4 inches all around. (I am 5' 9" tall; length is always my first pattern alteration.) Then, on the advice of a friend, I shortened the front a bit.
- My initial FBA attempt was too low, and not a deep enough dart. Undaunted, I pin-fit a new bust dart while wearing the top, then adjusted the side seams accordingly. (This meant I ended up with the front length even shorter--but still about 2 inches longer than the original pattern.)
- Made the sleeves 3/4 length, with hem depth determined while wearing.
|Hi-low hem: all the rage right now?|
Have you ever participated in Jungle January? I still have a bit of this material left--what could I sew that might need some leopard trim?
Stash report: per the pattern envelope, 1 1/4 yards