Saturday, May 21, 2011
Hot Off The Presses!
Another in my ongoing series of 'what i wore to go grocery shopping on Friday nite'. I wore this last nite for my weekly peregrinations, thus the title. I'm pretty sure this is the first time i've worn this khaki jean jacket in over a month - weather and the love of novelty have kept me in my new denim jacket up until now.
The highlight of this look is the blouse. Again, i made it a few years ago, but it never felt quite right. The princess seams allow for a lot of personalized fitting, but i don't think i'd taken it far enough. The top picture in the following collage shows the 'before' look, the bottom pic is after i altered it.
To begin, i took in a little at the side waist and also under the bust. In the before picture i look pretty frumpy. When you have a large bust, if you don't 'pull in' the garment where your figure is slimmer, you are going to look as if you are as big as your breasts all over. Defining the ribcage, stomach, waist and shoulders helps slim you down. The other major trouble i'd had with this pattern was the fit of the sleeves. Somehow they always felt very confining, and they hit at a really awkward spot. I used a little cream/ivory plaid bias strips to hem the sleeves at a shorter point and along a bit of a curve.
These alterations, especially taking in fullness along the princess seams, made a big difference in the fit. Yet they are very easy to do - i just did them by hand, sewing right next to the original machine seams. Princess seams are great this way - if you are hard to fit in the torso, look for items with princess seaming to make alterations easier for you or your tailor. They allow even more precise fitting than darts and are much easier to work with. The same holds true when shopping for patterns - look for princess seaming if you want the most control over fitting in your torso.
I used to think this way of shaping a garment was tremendously old-fashioned, but as i gain more experience with fitting i've come to see the genius of the princess seam. Any experience with/opinions on princess seaming out there?