The first installment in my Self-Imposed Sewing Club (SISC) is finished! I have to say, that I found it hugely frustrating to be sewing (and fitting!!!) something that I can't actually wear. Huge props to Amanda for sewing all of those "regular sized" clothes while she was pregnant!
Vogue 8322. It's an oldie, but is still in print. This is actually one of the first Vogues that I purchased when I started sewing again. Then I learned about FBAs and realized that my size range totally changed... And I had the wrong size of this pattern. The next Vogue sale I trotted over to Hancock to get this pattern in the correct size, but it wasn't in stock. For 3 months... I finally ordered it from BMV, but then it sat. I'm not even sure why, as I really love it. Shoulder princess seams are my favorite, the neckline is interesting, the hemline has nice shaping. Anyway, this was one of the first patterns I thought of when I was considering what to sew for my self-imposed sewing. Now if only I could wear it.
Anyway, the fabric I had initially selected for this top was a fun houndstooth charmeuse, but when I got ready to cut it out, I realized that I only had a yard and a half, and the pattern calls for 2. Normally, I'd have tried to squeeze it in, but the print repeat was pretty wide, so I wouldn't have had enough fabric to match it. That would have made me crazy, so I swapped it out for this pretty pink stretch poplin. It's a nice basic and will go with practically everything in my closet.
The pattern is a good one. Rather than floppy facings in front, the facing actually is identical to the front princess panel, which you slipstitch down to the princess seam after seaming the front and hemline. It's a very nice finish inside and no floppy facings. There were only a few things I disliked about the pattern. One was the cuffs.
The other issue I had with this blouse was fitting. I know my dressform is wonky, so I started out attempting to tissue fit the upper bodice on me. That was totally crazy and I ended up relying on my dressform. My first FBA was completely strange, so I went back to basics and did the FBA step by step with my FFRP at my side. Despite all that, I still ended up pinching out about an inch above the bust that tapered out to nothing at the armhole notch. Weirdest thing ever, but the end result is nice so I'll take it.
Fitting this was a bit of a frustrating process, so I think I'll be a bit selective with my next SISC project, and select from those that require little fitting, or that I can wear now. There are a couple that fit into that category! But before that I have GOT to get sewing for Halloween. How is it already halfway through September???