Wow, two posts in two days. Don't think I'm starting a trend or anything. I've been struggling to find a pattern for woven summer fabrics. Since menopause, I'm have some slight personal summers, not bad mind you, just hot. Because of this I'm going to try to avoid poly knit tops this season. I've got my heart set on cotton and rayon woven tops for the summer but can't seem to get a pattern to fit.
I started with Simplicity 2705, put the center front on the fold and stitched up a muslin. The front neckline is cut on the seam line. I already put in a FBA which is rotated to gathers above the bust, eliminating the pleats. I also did a sloping shoulder adjustment. I thought it looked pretty great, until I tried to move my arms.
The cut on cap sleeve restricted my movement. To get some ideas on how to fix this, I started a thread on Patternreview.com. There were several really great ideas, but I decided that Belinda was right. This wasn't going to work with my bustline and short above bust length.
I'm not one to give up so easily so I decided to cut an armhole and put a cap sleeve that I borrowed from another pattern.
While I think my solution did work, it still doesn't feel right on and probably needs more of a FBA. Since I didn't want to put even more gathers in, I'm thinking I should remove the added gathers, go back to the pleats, and do a side dart. Unfortunately, I cut my original pattern up so now I have to go buy a new pattern. I think Simplicity patterns are going to be on sale, if they aren't already.
I forgot to mention that the back has problems I still have to work out as well. Instead of spending more time right now on this pattern, I'm going to switch patterns and work on these two tops:
I've already done the FBA on S2697, on a traced copy of course. I'll be making the one with the short cuffed sleeves sans the cuff. I'm ready to cut the first muslin. I have the pattern tissue for New Look 6179 already cut out and it needs a muslin made as well. I think I'll skip the FBA for the pesant blouse for the first muslin. I've just cut it a couple of sizes larger. I hope I have some elastic since both patterns call for it. I may be running into some trouble getting these tops made so I'll get the muslins cut right away. Dtwinsis wants her machine back. Mine is ready so this morning I'm going to go get it. Yea! Then it'll be muslin city around here, at least until I run out of the 10 yards I just I bought.