It’s fun to post a finished project with a great photo and stories of great sewing adventures, but not every project goes that way. Here is a project I struggled with on and off for many months. I made muslin after muslin, trying different ways to make the full bust adjustment work. I even wrote to Megan Nielson for suggestions. She was friendly and quick with her reply and gave me several sound suggestions. Finally, I felt reasonably pleased with (or maybe just sick of making) the muslin:
I guess it's not so bad, but is "not so bad" really what I aspire too? The bust in this pattern is just plain weird. The dart is so large, that it’s just not possible to make a full bust adjustment. I tried all every trick, believe me! Nothing short of a breast reduction was going to make it workable. Also, it just sort of looked funny. The balance between bust and other stuff was off. I know it’s weird because I normally look good in sleeveless dresses. Finally, the enormous pockets just make me look hippy. I didn’t muslin the pockets – who muslins pockets?
I carefully ripped out the Darling Ranges skirt and went back to the drawing board. I had a glass of wine and ordered more fabric. Stay tuned until after birthday and Halloween celebrations to see how it all worked out!
(Disclaimer about the Darling Ranges pattern – some sewers have made truly lovely versions of this pattern. I suspect said people are petite in nature, with narrower shoulders and tiny bustlines. It’s really really pretty. It’s just not for me. And that’s sad because I love it.)