I think basically the YED fits.I just need a few minor tweaks. I’ve added 1/2″ ease to the back between hip and hem; and made a 3/8″ (3/4″ total removed) tuck across the upper bodices. I chose a silk Jacquard fabric for my 2016 YED #2. The silk Jacquard is softer, smoother and drapes just a little differently than the cotton used in the last version. This fabric alone could actually improve the look and drape but I’m counting on my tissue alterations to help as well. I press my fabric layout my pattern and cut the pattern pieces, a front facing and a bias band for the back neckline finish. I mark the notches and the center line on both fronts.
I begin construction by taping neckline and armscyes. I serged the center back seam but baste the shoulders and armscyes. I’m hoping my tweaks work but want to be able to make further adjustments should they be needed.
Needed they are. The first try-on is worse than any of the previous versions. Being softer only means every hint of a drape or drag line is made maddeningly obvious. Additionally the ‘sleeves’ are cutting into the front of my arm. They are painful.
Trying to remove those drapes I pinch shoulder seams
Twiddle with side seams
Increase the curve of the back
and then reverse all the above. I simply did not see any improvement. The 3/8″ tuck was definitely needed. For the first time, the front neckline sits comfortably at a modest level. But I simply don’t know what to do to fix this YED. I just knew I’d found the answer to fitting CLD’s patterns to my body. If the PAS fits, why won’t the YED? …and will the RAL (which I had planned to work with next)? I love these simple blouses for summer. They are a step up from the cotton T-shirt that we all seem to live in. I’m not happy. I feel like taking every commercial pattern in my sewing room and throwing them all in the trash. I’m so tired of fighting with patterns.