I purchased the Violet pattern and decided I would make a wearable muslin - so please forgive the inperfections as the fit will be a work in progress.
Overall I am pretty happy with it (the super crazy grin is due to Mr Photographer-extraordinaire being a dork and not being serious at all in my blogging venture). I think it is a nice wholesome look and makes a change from my usually dark coloured wardrobe. I used a mini polka dot Japanese cotton and trimmed it with satin ribbon made into flat piping. I shortened the sleeves (as I think I must have short arms) and replaced the elastic with satin bias binding.
I found the pattern seemed quite wide in the shoulders and have altered the pattern for future makes (already planning), I also shortened the body, being 5"2" I find this is usually necessary for the waist to end up in the right place.
I did have one personal drama when constructing this - my overlocker had to go for servicing - how traumatic not having it for two whole weeks when I am on a sewing binge! I used pinking shears for most of the seams and am quite pleased with the inside as it is quite tidy.
Pros for this:
- Love the style
- very comfortable
- easy to make
- great instructions
- I like the piping detail
- I am inbetween sizes so need to spend some time re-sizing the upper area to a smaller size and then doing an FBA
- I cut the collar a bit big and so it seems a bit huge
- I should have paid more attention to the collar fit also, but maybe these are imperfections others can't notice (she says hopefully)
- I am unsure about the gathering in the back and may omit it next time. Has anyone else experienced the same issue with the back bagging out on this pattern?
What I have learnt:
TAKE MORE TIME GETTING THE FIT RIGHT!!! (yes I am yelling hoping it will sink in)
I wore this outfit all day today, not bad since it is supposed to be winter!