Lets start by saying that I like how this blouse looks from the front. I made View E with the short sleeves and mandarin collar. The back view, however, is a different story. There are a lot of wrinkles…lots. Once I figured out how to (sort of) fix some, I still had others. After much research, (unfortunately after I got the blouse all assembled), I believe that not only do I have a sway back, but an erect upper back as well. It seemed like there was just too much fabric between the shoulders and up to the collar. I also think that I should lower the arm scythe a little since it seems like that might get rid of some of those underarm wrinkles I see on the side front.
Here’s what I did to try and fix my issues:
- I raised the shoulder seam only on the back piece.
- Let out the back waist darts, and side seam from the waistline down
- Extended the back darts to go higher up between my shoulders
- Sewed the back of the sleeves with a much larger seam allowance on the back piece
- Consult this super blog entry and do a proper muslin (no shortcuts) with a swayback and erect upper back adjustment.
- If the first muslin isn’t great, I will do another one!!
- Lower the armscythe. I will start with ½” and see how that is. (I will not forget to adjust the sleeve as well, so that it fits!)
I like the look of this blouse, I will try it again, and it WILL come out BETTER next time. Sewing is a learning process after all. I need to concentrate on the process rather than getting so excited about a finished product.