I wasn’t enamoured by the shoulder pleats on Diana #1, but I had handed myself a fait accomplis since the fabric was already cut – hmmm, what to do. I didn’t have enough of this 100% pure wool jersey (The Fabric Store of course) to recut. The pondering took me a whole week; I guess that qualifies as procrastination eh?!
Then I remembered a lovely Ralph Lauren scarf I just never got on with, but couldn’t throw it out because the embroidery tugged at my little heartstrings.
took a nice 1.5cm wedge off the armscye side of the bodice to reduce the dart bulk (gathers in this case).
- measured the yoke seam and subtracted that from the remaining bodice seam to find out how much ‘dart bulk’ I needed to exterminate
- Drew in a dart approximating my shoulder to apex – ish and created a princess line to the shoulder. Checked it before cutting cos I’ve been there before!
- subbed in Mr Lauren’s fancy schmantzy scarf for the centre panel and placket
Et voila, not bad. Oh yes, I couldn’t forget about the back, could I? Moved the CB pleat to the sides which does definitely create more drape at the underarms.
- integration of a reused garment and its embroidery – I’m smitten
- the redistribution of CB pleat to side back – maybe better for my broad shoulders
- smartypants binding inside collar cos the old stitch in the ditch thang wasn’t yielding to my will
- prefer the clean shoulder line
- Love this wool jersey which has apparently revived the flagging NZ wool industry, not mine in particular, but wool jersey in general and Icebreaker to be more specific!
- No. 1 photographer Princess’s shadow and styling – naww thanks hun! That girl can spot a VPL from 3km.
- ummm cream, I never wear cream! What does one do with cream? Add strawberries?
- might try a different collar next time – again, not easy to co-jumper (co-sweater)
- honestly, the CF hem pops forward, so it will need to be tucked somewhat. Thats the fault of the CF seam ‘cos I had to join ends of the scarf sideways and might also be the crosswise grain
- should have shaped the princess seam line out toward the side at the waist. It looks clunky.
Don’t bother cutting the sleeve plackets to exact size, they can be lopped off later. I love the way this pattern has you do all the non committal things first. So by the time you come to sewing the garment together the collar, cuffs, sleeve and CF plackets are done. Wham, bam, done without a procrastination in sight!
One big tuck at the front shoulder, rather than gathers looked quite spesh too. Might try that with Diana #3.
Hmm, didn’t know I had bandy legs!