After my experience with altering the neckline of the Alma Blouse by choosing a smaller size, I decided I need to try this with the Renfrew shirt. Instead of the neckline Size 8 I choose the neckline from size 2 (while keeping size 8 for the rest of the pattern). And it worked again – the neckline is fitting way more nicely now.
I probably now made enough Renfrew shirts to start with another alteration – I’d like to have a shirt with a waterfall neckline (so it is a bit different to the beautiful cowl neck provided). The pattern I do have by now should be the perfect basis for it.
ROY G. BIV might like my balcony (if he exists). I like it a lot – after a day at work, it is very relaxing sitting outside and enjoying the evening (and of course, weekends).
And have a look for more pictures of ROY G. BIV at the weekly photo challenge.
After buying the Renfrew pattern from Sewaholic, I was thrilled about the clear instructions and how easy everything went. I admired some of the other Sewaholic patterns for a long time now, and with this nice experience in mind, I bought a couple more.
Now that it got warmer, I decided to sew the Alma Blouse. I need more blouses for work and the pattern is perfect. I had some fabric in mind that I bought some time ago and as I did not dare to waste anything of it (I would even remember where I bought the fabric) I made muslins. It took me three muslins to allow myself to use the fabric I wanted. I love that the patterns are designed for pear-shaped woman as I do not need alterations then. But as I always need to alter length I need to make sure that it still works. For the first muslin, I choose a size too large (I’m somehow between size 6 and 8 with Sewaholic patterns and started with size 8). I tried to alter here and there on my muslin and thought – hm, it seems I need a size smaller. So I made a smaller one. All the problems I had before were gone. The only part I needed to adjust was for my narrow shoulder. I already removed 1 cm but still was not happy. Then I tried something new to combine the fact that I’m not as tall as the average woman and to adjust to my narrow shoulders. I kept size 6 for everything except the neckline which I decided to be size 0. I connected the outer size 6 corner of the shoulder with the inner size 0 corner of the shoulder. From my pattern drafting book I knew that I should keep the bigger armscye as it is also depending on the bust size. On the pattern, this grading between sizes looked a bit weird, so I made a third muslin just to be sure. And as I hoped and expected, it worked for me! I will keep this in mind to see if this is a strategy I can use in general.
The fabric is quite sheer and in order to sew it really nice, I even made french seams. I cut the fabric carefully, so I had enough for the belt. But to be honest, I like it better without. And I love the little V-cut and the small sleeves. The balance of hips and shoulders is so much better!
For sure, this won’t be the last Alma Blouse!
Irgendwann vor längerer Zeit hatte ich das Projekt “Beauty is where you find it” auf dem Blog von luzia pimpinella entdeckt. Aber als ich dann mal mitmachen wollte, wurde das Projekt eingestellt. Umso glücklicher war ich, als ich lesen durfte, dass es eine Neuauflage gibt. Und endlich komme ich dazu, auch teilzunehmen. Das Thema dieses Monats finde ich auch einfach super. Den Frühling und besonders den April mag ich besonders, da man hier viele tolle Fotos von aufkeimenden Knospen, frischen Blättern, den ersten Blumen und vieles mehr machen kann. Daher kribbelt es auch immer in meinen Fingern, den Balkon frisch zu bepflanzen. Und leider macht mir dann auch manchmal der Frost einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Bisher läuft es recht gut, aber meine Küche wird gerade auch regelmäßig von Pflanzen geradezu belagert ;). In den letzen Tagen habe ich mir dann meine Kamera geschnappt und erst Fotos im Garten meiner Eltern aufgenommen und dann noch zuhause auf dem Balkon. Dabei habe ich auch noch meine Vorliebe für Nahaufnahmen ausgelebt. Beim Betrachten der Fotos ist mir auch aufgefallen, dass letztes Jahr die Blumen, Sträucher und alles Grüne viel weiter waren als dieses Jahr. Wobei auch der Winter ja vorletztes Jahr recht mild war…
Quite some time ago I discovered the project “Beauty is where you find it”. And exactly the moment I decided to participate, the project was terminated. Thus you can imagine how happy I was so read that the project gets a new chance. And finally, I do participate. The theme matches perfectly as I love spring and especially April. Here you can take a lot great pictures from budding blossoms, small and gentle green leaves and the first flowers. And I tend to exaggerate when it comes to planting flowers, herbs and vegetables on the balcony. Unfortunately, sometimes my attempts are foiled by frost. By now, the balcony flowers and herbs are doing fine, but on some days, my kitchen is really crowded ;). So in the last days I grabbed my camera and took pictures first in the garden of my parents on my last visit and later on my balcony with focus on one of my favorite technique – close-up views. When viewing the pictures, I realised that last year all the flowers and trees and everything green was much more developed than this year. Maybe because the winter before was quite mild…
This week, the photo challenge asks for pictures that follow the rule of thirds.