When you try to sew from a muslin fitted bodice, they tell you to fit the bodice and then to transfer your markings to your paper pattern. Well, I just used more muslin and fitted that and just marked my adjustments to the muslin. I will just save that muslin as my pattern. Here in this picture you can see that I cut out my material with my muslin.
Always when I sew my shoulder seams together I add a little piece of stabilizer to that section. I feel like it is a very small area to carry all the weight of the top and that is one place that I do not want any stretch. I ironed this seam to the front because I added a dart to the back shoulder seam. This makes the bulk of the seam more even.
I always press my darts on my ham. I found this wonderful old ham at an old second hand store. I was so excited when I saw it for $1.00. When I went to pay for it, three woman who worked there asked me what it was. What a find it was for me!!
When I put my top on my duck tape dummy, it was really big in the back. It was all one piece, so I decided to spilt it down the middle and add a zipper. I also had to take in some of the excess at the waist by adding darts and I also added darts at the neckline. The reason this was so large was because there was no zipper in the pattern. You had to just pull the top on over your head. After I put in the zipper, then I could take out some of that extra material, because it just makes me look heavy and with the added zipper, I will be able to get it on. You can see my adjustments in the following picture.
Now that the back was finished I worked on the front. The pattern had a large pleat down the center front of the top. I didn't care for that after I made it either. I thought it just made the top look homemade. I played around with it, and decided to take that pleat and fold over the sides and sew it down. Now it looked better. Here is a picture.
These pictures just don't do this top justice. The color is such a deep, deep red and I am happy with the way it turned out.
Author - Cynthia Dickerson