Math is not my strong suit, and I knew that drafting my own sewing pattern would involve math, so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to follow along with Cal Patch’s Pattern Drafting class. But, she makes it really easy! I made my pattern when the class first came out, but I just got around to sewing my muslin together.
I did a dress, and just put one short sleeve in. My sleeves were kind of a mess, so I didn’t do the other one, yet. I didn’t measure the sleeve cap correctly to make it match up, so I’m going to have to work on that. When I do sleeves for real, I’ll extend the length of my short sleeve, too.
I followed the instructions to do the front and back darts. I’m kind of unsure if I’ll incorporate darts into my final garment, but I’m really glad I learned a bit about how they work. I’m pretty sure I won’t incorporate front darts into it. I took them out and I like the muslin better without them. I’m still deciding about back darts.
My hips and my shoulders are crooked, so it complicates things. I feel like it makes the back darts lay funny (or maybe I didn’t sew them well?). I don’t really want to make the darts/shape fit my crookedness because I don’t want to draw attention to it, so I’m not sure. On the flip side, I don’t want it to be too loose. If there are any dart suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Maybe I should make the darts not as wide & therefore less pronounced?
Overall, I am really proud of my muslin & I know I’ll be using this pattern. I am anxious to watch week 3 & hear about some possible modifications. I am hoping to knock out a sleeveless dress using this pattern this weekend. We’ll see what I can come up with!