I am still working on my Lilliana muslining. I decided to go ahead and start over with the smaller size on the front, since I felt like there was too much going on in the front and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. I had to true up the lengths between the two, since the size 16 actually had a longer side seam than the 18. In case you’re curious, here’s the difference between the straight and curvy blocks in Seamwork patterns (the one on top is a size 16, and the one on the bottom is a size 18. The 2 inches of added length on both is the only adjustment):
I did a full bicep adjustment to the sleeve, and then since I was using two different sizes on front and back, I had to add 3/8 inch to the sleeve seam at the front in order to get it to match up for sewing:
I decided to pin baste the muslin instead of sewing basting it until I have a pretty good feeling about where the seams actually need to be. So far it’s pretty clear I still need a full bust adjustment (although smaller than the one the size 18 has built in, I think). The shoulder seam also seems pulled really far forward, but I’m not sure if that’s because the bust is tugging it forward or if the shoulders are just strangely positioned on me, so I’m going to go ahead and do the full bust adjustment and then re-evaluate.
Without the sleeve set in, the back seems like it’s hanging fine, maybe a little too loose at the side. It’s possible that the sleeve was tugging itself and making it seem like the back was binding, and the full bicep adjustment will fix that? I’m hoping, anyway. I am almost certain that my ridiculously large broad back adjustment in the last muslin was a mistake, but we’ll see what happens when I finish up the main body adjustments and add the sleeve. (The temptation to add princess seams to the front and the back for better fitting is very strong.)
Goals for next week:
- Keep on fitting… hopefully finish…. man I hate fitting
- If fitting gets to be too much, I have some flannel owl sheets I got at the Bins that I’m pretty excited to turn into PJs – that would be a nice, relaxing project, haha.