Meanwhile, here is Emery the fourth, which is a rather psychedelic number featuring deer. The fabric is "Oh Deer!" by MoMo.
The fit of this one is the same as for Emery #3, Mod Houses, but somehow this one looks a bit loose in the lower bodice. It is actually, if anything, slightly tighter, and I'm not sure I want form-fitting anyhow: I like taking deep breaths, eating, etc. Perhaps the problem is that the front bodice is slightly too long?
Check out my awesome totally accidental pattern matching on the back. I cut the back bodice pieces along the selvedges and it just worked out. Hooray blind chance. Too bad that in real life it will always be under a cardigan!
I promised (threatened?) to list the modifications I made to the bodice pieces. (I used the skirt from another pattern.) Here goes:
- Increased bodice length 1 1/4"
- Doubled width of back upper darts, and made them about 1/2" longer
- Made the front and back lower bodice darts 1/4" longer
- Used the size 0 bust darts, but shortened them about 3/8" (I made the size 4 otherwise)
- took a 1/8" deeper seam allowance on the shoulder seam at the neck, tapering to nothing at the shoulder
- Pinched out about an inch or so from the front upper bodice, tapering to nothing at the bottom
- Took out 1/4" at the armhole on the side of the front bodice, tapering to nothing at the bottom
- Adjusted armholes for a sleeveless version by making them 1/2" shallower, like so:
|Cribbed this adjustment from vintage Butterick 6570.|
... and probably some other stuff that I forgot. I'm also sewing the side seams at 3/4" rather than 5/8". All this for a pattern that had a pretty promising fit out of the envelope! This may be why I like to stick with a good pattern once I find it.
OK final gratuitous shot with dog (though it's not his best). Emerys (Emeries?) 5 and 6 have been completed in the time it's taken to get around to posting this, and #7 is on the horizon. My photo editing situation has also improved, so expect to see photos taken with something other than iPhone and lots of gratuitous post-processing in future posts.