I received Mrs. X's actual sloper via snail mail yesterday. Today I will re-visit the McCall's pattern she chose and see how close I came to altering it to fit her.
Monday Morning Inspiration/Write On!
18 hours ago
|Here's the line drawing of view D, which I picked as the clearest to illustrate the basic shape of the blouse on which she's working.|
|Here's the pattern front.|
|Here's the pattern back.|
|There's a mistake in the pattern. The double notches at the side seam do not match. I arrived at this because I always walk the seams of new patterns before I do any alteration work... I want to find the errors in the pattern before I alter it to h*ll and beyond. It's actually amazing how many errors I find in published patterns before even doing anything to them!|
|Here's a tracing of the front.|
|A forward neck requires lowering the front neckline to give room. I've marked - in orange - where I will slash the pattern.|
|Here I've overlapped 1/2 inch, lowering the neckline.|
Actually, this style might not have needed this adjustment, as the blouse is worn open at the neck.
|Forward neck also requires additional length at the back of the neck. Here I've marked a slash line on the back.|
|Here I've spread the back neck. Note I left a hinge where the shoulder meets the top of the armhole. I slashed to but NOT THROUGH the seam. The seam allowance at the corner where you see the pencil overlaps.|
|Marking a box around the front armhole to slash.|
|Overlapping to narrow the shoulder. I always end up with a smidgeon of extra length right below the armhole, and I have to extend the bottom of the armhole to meet the side seam. So there's probably a better way to do this! If I can wrap my head around the Liechty method I could possibly do better, but I haven't been able to figure it out.|
|It's the same process to narrow the shoulder on the back. Here's the marked slash lines.|
|And here's the overlap to narrow the shoulders. The back has the same issues as the front, i.e. a bit of extra length and extended armholes at the bottom.|
|Here's the marked slash lines making a box around the side dart and including the pattern's marked bust point.|
|And here the whole shebang is moved down. Very quick and easy.|