As much as I like Sew Weekly and how it’s definitely forced me to think in unexpected and creative ways, I think I need more than a week (or three days, in this case) to work on a project.
Thanks Elizabeth for your comment on McCall’s 4994. I took a closer look at McCall’s 4994 today and it definitely needed a sleeve adjustment. I didn’t want something that would just sit in my closet and I would only wear once because the sleeves were awkward and bordering on the 80s instead of the 50s.
This method is pretty imprecise but since the edges were all serged and finished, I figured I might as well give it a shot. I put the dress on the dressform and pinched out the extra ease on the bottom armscye.
I pinched out about two inches from the bottom corner to the where the seam should be. I continued the adjustment line tapering to nothing about four inches above the elbow line, and tapering to nothing by the side of the waist.
These are dodgy bathroom shots to see how they fit. I might have to photograph this properly again for posterity’s sake (and so I can remember to make this adjustment on the pattern piece).
With the sleeve down, trying to stand straight. It’s still bunchy but what can I do about it now? I think maybe my adjustment is pulling something off grain. Eh.
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With the sleeve up. (No more weird bunchy fabric that goes through the shoulder.)
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Is this cheating if you make the adjustments after you’ve declared a finished project, then photograph it again afterwards? I’d rather have something I’d wear and isn’t so horribly flawed, so perhaps it doesn’t matter.