Fair and Square
Posted 10 March, 09on:
Ottobre deserves a huge “thank you” for creating this pattern. This neckline is fantastic. The sewing was incredibly fast. To get very sharp corners, I sewed the angled seams on the sewing machine instead of the serger. I used a narrow zig zag, though those particular areas do not need a great deal stretch. A straight stitch would probably work too. It might be possible to substitute a woven for the shoulder area and sleeve, if the sleeve were cut a with more ease. This could create a very interesting look. Because the neckline does not stretch, a variety of ribbons or trims could be added.
To achieve the correct bodice length and shape, I merged the pattern with a basic t-shirt pattern. The piece, #1 was laid on top of the bodice front. This determined the placement of the shoulder line. Then I placed the t-shirt pattern on top, matching the shoulder placement. Carefully, I removed the shoulder piece and folded the excess t-shirt pattern out of the way. Voila! Now the pattern will taper in at the waist and be the correct length.
While I am not overly fond of the skirt on this pattern, I adore the neckline. There is so much potential for contrasting fabrics and trims. For a dress version, I am considering simply extending the bodice into an A-line skirt. I also wonder how it would look with the square skirt rotated so it falls as more of a handkerchief hem, like design #16 from the 03/07 issue. An asymmetrical hem is generally not a good idea for someone as short as I am, but one of you tall girls could give it a try.