Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Finished: KS 3586 BPF FW-09-404

 Blouse:  Kwik Sew 3586
I've made this blouse a gazillion times. Nothing much to say about it.  I've used this blouse pattern so many times because by now, I can sew it with my eyes closed. Gotta love those TNTs!   Kwik Sews are especially amenable to becoming TNTs because they are so easy in the first place.   I always seem to get wrinkles that go from the first button to the shoulders.  I'm not at all sure what to do about it.  Maybe it's my posture, maybe it's button placement.  The second button is not buttoned and maybe that's the problem.  I dunno.  

Pants:  Burda Plus Fashion FW-09-404
The last pair of pants I made were a little snug in the belly.  I'd been in denial for the past few projects, but it was time to pull out Pattern Fitting with Confidence (Zieman, 2008) and pivot and slide a few pattern alterations.  I lengthened the crotch, increased the waist and increased the thighs.  The result was a more comfortable pair of pants.  I could have done without the increased waist, so a small bit of my ego was salvaged.  I took a chance and made these changes based not on actual measurements, but on my perception of my own body.  I admit not measuring was a risk.  I'm sure fitting purists would have been shocked.  I recorded the flat pattern measurements and posted them on the bulletin board for future reference.  But,  I'll probably make slightly different adjustments when I make my next pair of pants.  I'm treating every project like a muslin, which is not a smart practice. 

Considering the number of pattern changes I made, I'm convinced the pivot and slide technique is the easiest method for pattern alterations.  Yes, it took three tracings, but I buy tracing paper in 50 ft rolls.  What else am I going to use it for?

7 comments:

  1. Both your pieces look good. I don't see a dart in the shirt. Is that why you are getting wrinkling above the bust?

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  2. Your garments look very good.

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  3. You always do such a beautiful job on your shirts, and this one is no exception. It looks terrific! And your pants are perfect, too. Nic sewing!

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  4. I was looking at some shirt fabric similiar but I didn't get it ;< @Sewistafashionista, one of the buttons is left undone, maybe that will explain the wrinkling.

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  5. WOW the pants are great! I'm not sure they need any improvement at all. As for the shirt, often full-busted women find that to add the necessary ease at the bust, they get too much at the shoulder. You might want to try a smallish narrow shoulder adjustment in conjunction with your FBA.

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  6. I think the pattern needs an FBA.

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  7. Looks great, and a TNT is a good thing when you want to sew, but don't want a challenge.

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