I’ve been muddling around working on the muslins and pattern alterations for my Thurlow trousers and Peony dress. Someday, maybe I’ll have a finished project to share, but until then it’s more muslin madness.
On my Thurlows I was having a problem with the front crotch. So I took my muslin to class, and my teacher pinned out the excess and showed me how to make the alteration to my pattern. I ended up shaving off the front inseam by about 3/8″ and took a tiny scoop out of the front crotch curve, as illustrated by the purple line below:
I think they are looking better.
So I took the leap and cut out my fashion fabric! I’m making up this pair in navy cotton twill, with a white and blue cotton for the lining. Here’s a peek:
On my Peony, I knew I’d have some changes to make based on my previous Colette dresses. But this pattern is kind of a bugger. My usual alterations haven’t been enough. So far I’ve lowered the side darts and repositioned the front darts. I also lowered the neckline a little. On the back I made bigger neck darts because it was gapping. This is what my flat pattern alterations look like so far:
If when I get those issues figured out, I’m planning to use this crazy big dot fabric for my dress. I’m on the fence about whether to ditch the sleeves though. I think they may be giving more fitting problems than I feel like dealing with right now!