I am in the process of sewing up a wearable version of Marfy 3408:
|I'll wear it the same way - with a pencil skirt.|
So I did what all good girls do and I sewed a muslin. I went down the fitting rabbit hole and by the time I was "finished", I felt more confused than ever and realized I was probably starting to over-fit. If this were any other project, I'd have sewn it and worn it and made more fitting tweaks for future projects.
|hmmm, is it right? not sure!!|
|The sleeve seam goes from shoulder to hem.|
I really like it on my odd little shoulders (see arrow), and it provides adequate
circumference around the bicep without creating too much ease in the sleeve cap.
I went up to NYC last Thursday and the weather was amazing! A sewing friend was in town, in a very lucky coincidence, and we were able to meet for a late lunch before I had to get myself back home.
|Here is the muslin I brought back from New York.|
Kenneth quickly pinned out a bunch of small fish-eye darts here and there. I watched him transfer these adjustments back to the paper pattern. He chatted as if we were lounging by the pool sipping margaritas - while his hands were a blur. The man is amazing. It had been a while since I had seen Kenneth and he actually looked younger, not older! He told me he is engaged, so I think he's sporting the look of happiness. While I was there I asked his advice on trim. Did I want to add something around the neckline? He advised piping and I love that idea, so piping it is.
|My left shoulder is about 3/8" lower than my right shoulder, so now I have more pattern pieces. It takes more time to cut, but laying out a single layer has its advantages. You use less fabric and pattern matching is easier, too.|
|You can't see it, but there is lightweight cotton batiste underlining.|
|Two piece sleeve.|
|I bought this at G Street a few years ago to make a summer jacket.|
It is cotton but I don't recall what this is called.
The weave is loose enough that underlining is required.
It's really quite lovely and perfect for my Test Run garment.
And I am quite excited about the possibilities of using this sleeve in future projects. I can picture a trim inserted in the seam, going from the neckline all the way to the hem of the sleeve. And I would like to try a more rounded sleeve, like this:
|available at Saks for only $565 :)|
So yep, I've got plenty to keep me happily occupied here. Maybe I'll have something to show you next time that ISN'T sewn from muslin!