Remember I told you some time ago that my husband would do some sewing related shopping for me in the US. Well, he’s back and I have loads of new fabrics and also (due to the throes of indecision) the grand total of one new pattern: McCalls 6833.
Many of you were kind enough to give me some advice regarding Big 4 patterns as this is my first time of using one and the biggest point was that Big 4 patterns tend to come up rather large. Taking this to heart I took my measurements, ended up as a 14/16 up top and 16 for the waist and decided to cut the 14. I used a ponte knit just to be on the safe side in case the 14 would have been a little tight. Turns out I need not have worried, the 14 was plenty big enough – in fact too big around the bust by far, so I took it in back to what a 12 would have been.
I made view D, the version with short sleeves and the semi-fitted skirt.
Because this is a wearable muslin I left the collar off – it really is the feature that drew me to the dress in the first place, but I did not have a suitable contrasting fabric in my stash and figured I could wear the dress as is a few times just to see how I get on with it before I cut into the intended fashion fabric, a rather lush linen silk blend paisley jacquard. I did not line this muslin and only finished the edges by turning over and finishing with the coverstitch machine.
No peeps, I am not pregnant, not at my age! It must be the way I am standing. I will suck my tummy in next time I have my picture taken. I must have concentrated so much on pulling a face that tummy control went the way of all earthly things… 😉
All in all I’m happy enough with the dress, but not overwhelmed so far. The pattern did not cause any problems, the instructions were delightful I am sure – but as a committed Burda user I did not really look, the amount of pictures almost overwhelmed me. For my final version I think I might make the sleeves a touch longer and I am thinking of making the skirt a tulip shape rather than the half-and-half pencil style of the original.
I ended up with one problem, though: Pointy boob syndrome:
Somehow the placement of the dart is wrong, or the bodice is too large over the top of the bust or some such thing and I ended up with pointy darts.
What looks like a little problem on the picture (and certainly nobody commented on my pointy boobs when I wore the dress this week, and I spend my working day with 20 year olds who are VERY outspoken) seems like a problem of Himalayan proportions to me. I have to point out that the dart still has the size 14 position because I stupidly cut it open before checking for fit on the finished dress so I can’t change its placement anymore. For future versions I will use the size 12 placement of the dart and I also think I need to lower it a little as my boobs don’t seem to be quite as perky as the dart placement has them.
But does anybody have any advice as to what I could do to amend the problem on this muslin? I kinda tried to change the dart stitching line in a rather haphazard fashion, but none of that did anything to make things better. Any advice is – as always – greatly appreciated. And if you want to make any pointy boob related jokes in the comments, feel free as well 🙂