As I mentioned in my previous post, slashing the pattern to increase the bust created a Very Big Blouse in terms of the finished circumference. So I had to take in the side seams by over two inches on both sides.
Although it's a little hard to see on good ol' Esme, I also curved the shoulder seams and took in the sleeve seam by about an inch on each side to shape the shoulders a bit better; now they are more squared and the sleeves aren't as full. I really like the way it turned out and the silhouette is very flattering. I can't wait to wear it when the weather warms up again (which could happen at anytime knowing California weather).
Thanks all who gave me an opinion about what sewing projects to focus on this fall. I've missed three weeks of sewing class for various reasons and although I've had this cut out since October I've only just started to sew the capelet from McCall's M5764. This is View D, which is the view pictured on the model with collar, buttons, and belt. So far I've sewn the darts and side seams:
I love this gray cotton tweed as it is lightweight and it has tiny little flecks of pale lavender and white. I purchased it on my last outing to FIDM and it cost only $2 a yard (they are under new management so their prices have gone up by a dollar, still, they are one of the best places to shop for fabric in the LA area)! I literally took the end of the bolt so apparently it was very popular this season.
Finally, are you ready for the giveaway winner? Congratulations to...
I hope everyone is having a relaxing and crafty weekend. Or are you cleaning the house from top-to-bottom in anticipation of Thanksgiving like I am?
See you here on Monday for a special Thanksgiving edition of Madison Avenue Monday!