|Enjoying the sun for a moment|
I can't tell you how great this pattern is. I've made it many times before and it works every time, however fabric choice can make a huge difference. It's not that I don't like the fabric I chose nor the design on it but how often do you get a fabric that is not printed on grain. That was the case with this one. I tried to match the pattern but it was near impossible.
I got one side to match pretty well. The sleeves, well, I don't think I could get the match (at the sleeve seams not the bands) any better with this design. The stripes appear to be running straight across my body but oi, what about the other side. It was way out.
I don't usually take photos of the back of my garments. Clearly I should, as I can see that I should have made a sway back adjustment that I've never noticed before. I'm not sure if it's because the fabric is very thin and drapey or not but the fit is not as good as in my previous makes. Also the shoulder seams want to slide off my shoulders even though I stabilised them with firm elastic.
With this fabric I thought it would look better if I didn't use the bands on the sleeves and at the bottom but in my haste and the frustration of trying to match the pattern I forgot to lengthen the body to allow for it and then it was too short. Grrr!! So now I had no choice but to put the band on it which also meant the sleeves were going to need them as well. For balance, you know how it is.
I cut the bands from what I had left knowing that the stripes wouldn't be straight but what I didn't think about was lining up the rise and fall of the zigzag and I got it totally wrong! Completely opposite! Grrr again!
In the end I'm not completely happy with this make so was it worth the effort? Should I cut the bands off and try to get it right or just live with it the way it is? What do you think?