My fabric is a Rayon Challis purchased in the last year from FashionFabricsClub.com. When it arrived, I asked, why? Why did I purchase this. Well it is was rayon Challis. One of my all time favorite fabrics despite its downsides; and it was in an interesting snake print. The colors are
- bleach white-the color I wear when I need to convince anyone that I am sick
- acid green- a color the hurts my eyes and reflects in my face creating a ‘just vomited’ appearance. Also good on days I want to convince anyone that I’m sick.
- lavender- my mother’s favorite which neither she nor I can wear. It makes us both look beaten and bruised.
- Raspberry- (although It photos a clearer red) another color that brings out all blue undertones and makes me look bruised.
I learned a long time ago that I needed to be careful with colors. Some purples can make me look like I’ve been beaten. It befuddles me when I make a purchase like this. It’s the Internet thing. Even though our equipment has gotten much better, I still mis-see (as in mis-remember) colors. I assure you, I would have kept on walking had I been in a store.
But I kept this purchase. I knew it would make a good muslin someday. Today is the day.
I basted together my pieces using water-soluble thread. It was wonderful to just sit and sew. Then I tried it on and slipped shoulder pads in place. Loes drafts and includes a pattern for a 3/8″ shoulder pad. This is the first time I’m using uneven shoulder pads. My left has the 3/8″ pad for which Loes drafted. My right shoulder sports a 3/4″ pad.
I was totally shocked when I looked at the pics.
Front has minor buckling just above right hip that should smooth out.
The right side has vertical drape lines like the back is too large.
What a laugh; the left side now has the bust wrinkles my lower right side used to have.
I know the back could be more perfect, but I felt like if I could just reach back there and smooth it a bit, I wouldn’t have any complaints. Even the sleeves look nice.
I was shocked. Did I really fit this pattern so easily? Was a 2″ BWL the solution to my fitting woes?
Looking at it now, I wish I had made more creative use of the stripes. I didn’t even realize I had stripes until these pics.