I’ve got two projects going that I’m just itching to tell you about. Since most who visit here are garment-sewing people, I’ll tell you about the garment today and the doll next week. (There could be some additional progress on the doll this weekend, anyway.)
This is McCall’s M5522, which I mentioned buying last Sunday afternoon. While at the store, I bought some broadcloth to make view D, but I am lovin’ view B now. That view wants something a little nicer than the broadcloth, though. If I make view B for 2007, I’ve gotta get on it before it gets too cool for those short sleeves.
This empire-style waistline (and I say M-PIRE, not OM-Peer like Stacy and Clinton–don’t they just make you want to throw up???) is very flattering for me and I’ve used it many times before to good effect. (I won’t bore you with another parade of garments I’ve sewn like this. Just take my word for it this time.)
During lunch one day this week I traced the pattern onto STP. (Those big tables at the office come in handy for more than meetings!)
I had bought the 8-10-12 pattern, since I usually start with a 10 and enlarge the front and chop up the back. This pattern has various cup sizes on it, so I started with the 12 and used the D-cup front. Now don’t choke. No, my bra cup is not the size of a baby’s bonnet–far from it. Look at your FFRP book and you’ll see that the cup on a 32D is the same as the cup on a 38A. Cup sizes as a single letter are deceiving.
The D cup front on the size 12 gives you 38 1/2″ at the bust, 30 inches at the waist, and 40 1/2″ at the hip. Sounds perfect! In fact, it fits Brunhilde like a glove:
Two items that will require alteration jumped out at me immediately. First, the waistline is 1 3/8″ below mine! My waistline is marked on Brunhilde by the elastic. The pattern waistline is marked by that ruler. The other thing is some back armhole gaping. I’ll rotate some of that to a shoulder dart and adjust the sleeve cap.
While I really would like to work on this and my jeans-style jacket this weekend, Mr H has invited me to go camping with him. I can’t pass that up, now can I?? Of course not! I’m taking some dolly projects and some books to read.
See you on the flip side!