You might remember some weeks ago that I was wittering on about jackets, having found the gorgeous Julia jacket from Style Arc Patterns. After much umm-ing and ahh-ing (mainly over the postage costs) I decided to order it.
It came a week or so ago, and now I've finished altering the bridesmaids dresses I decided to start making my muslin.
That is where the Aaarrrgggh! at the start of this post comes in!
OH MY GOODNESS, I've never had anything fit so badly, or so wrong in so many places.
I don't have a photo of how it initially fit, but the back looked as if it was made for someone about twice my size! I really didn't know what to do, but I started off by pinching about 2 inches out across the top of the back, then another couple of inches down the centre back seam. Here's Rosie modelling the changes:
The next photos are scary, so if you're of a nervous disposition you might want to stop reading now!
I tried it on again, thinking things would be much better... and they were a tiny bit better. Except I've now got these weird curved bits of excess fabric at the sides, kind of below the level of my boobs.
And it still looks like it's too big at the back of the shoulders. And there's a massive bit of excess fabric at the FRONT of my shoulder now, vertically. I think that might be eliminated to a certain extent by narrowing the shoulder seam which is too wide.
I'm assuming that the waterfall collar and peplum would pull it down a bit, as would the proper weight fabric. But to be honest, I have no idea what to do. I can't pin it when I've got it on, and it sits differently on Rosie, so she's not much help.
I'm not normally one to admit defeat, particularly this early on in the process, but I'm seriously tempted to look for another pattern, cos I can't see this one working for me.
Any advice, or expressions of sympathy, gratefully received!