I was rather disappointed in my last Connie Crawford 0456. The princess bodice pieces eased together but the side was almost gathered to fit the center front piece. Many of the pieces seemed to be just 1/8″ off when sewing together. Also the skirt portion sort of stuck out rather than falling close to my body. The last was probably a fabric issue and yes the pieces may not match up exactly due to my handling, but it is rare for so many to be off and for a piece to be unintentionally gathered to fit. I determined to put that to right.
I started back at ground zero. OK, not that at all because I actually started intended to walk seam lines of the pattern pieces. Imagine my surprise when I realized I was not using 0456 but instead used the sleeved version of 5967 to make a sleeveless garment. There are a few other subtle differences between the two pattern. Most obvious difference is the front hem. But they are pretty much carbon copies modified to be sleeveless and fully sleeved.
I paused when I realized I had used 5967 instead of 0456. Partly I was wanting to get this done so that when I started sewing sleeveless garments next year, I could feel secure in using 0456. Since that was my intention, I put 5967 away with the promise to walk its seams upon first use and worked on 0456. I was rather amazed to find that it too was off 1/8″ in several places and 1/4″ in one place. I corrected and retrued all the pieces and then wanted to make a quick garment to test all my changes.
I chose a poly crepe with a big paisley and leopard (?) print which were harmonized together through the use of cream, coral and blue inks. This fabric crawls like the dickens but is wonderful to wear. I spray starched it 4 times before discovering the remaining Terial spray and used that. Consequently the fabric was quite stiff which made for easy cutting and sewing. I finished my armscyes and neck with bias tape and a front facing. The hem was serge finished and turned up twice. During stitching I discovered a few more issues one being that the side front and center front lined up and stitched nicely but when pressed into place left a gap. Far better to have a little excess during lining up the pieces for stitching and so I added another 3/8″ to the end of the side front armscye. The front facing was too wide. It wanted to hang over my armscye and be unsightly. I trimmed first the fabric, then the pattern piece.
I am pretty happy with the result. Although a few things bother . I am just not sure these are due to fabric, to starch or something I did during construction. Probably won’t know until after the first wash which is the cause of the oddness at the center front above the hem and the wavy back waistline.
But you know, I really don’t think it’s a problem.
I walked the seams and fixed the obvious errors. Think I’m just going to enjoy this blouse. Doubt anyone besides me notices the issues anyway.