Alternate title: Damn you, .pdf. patterns!
When I printed my Mathilde pattern, the test square measured only 95% of what it should have. I did some crazy maths on the measurements, which led me to believe I should cut a size larger than normal, and it would probably be alright. This, because a 5% size difference is not much of a size difference at all.
In the stolen moments between work and my busy life, I’ve managed to get most of the construction finished. Before finishing the neckline or the hem, I tried the top on to check the fit. And wouldn’t you know it… that missing 5% is big enough to matter.
The armholes are too tight, and there’s pulling across the shoulder and the bust. The bust dart is way too high (although I think that’s more than 5% too high, so I’ll watch out for it if I make this pattern again). Now I need to unpick, and unpick some more. I think my best option is to cut a new, slightly larger and definitely longer yoke, to let out the tucks just a little bit, and to do a minor alteration on the armscye. I am not a fan of this option, because I have never messed with an armscye, and because I currently have enough left over fabric for another little sleeveless top. If I cut the new yoke, I risk using too much of my remaining fabric. Another possibility is to narrow the seam allowances, but I think that’s going to be a lot of work for a very dismal result. I’ve done french seams and all of the associated trimming, so I will get no more than an additional one or two eighths of an inch out of this method, and I’ll need to zigzag everything. I hate a zigzagged seam finish. Plus, it won’t do anything for that annoyingly high bust dart.
This is a magazine that my colleague surprised me with. One afternoon, he plopped two 1941 issues of Stitch Craft onto my desk, and I let out a yelp of excitement, even though I work in a library. Yelps of excitement are not welcome in libraries, but I just couldn’t help myself. He’d bought two – one for himself, to check out the wartime-era advertisements, and one for me, just because.
The most exciting thing about this magazine is that it contains iron-on transfers which, from the looks of it, have never been used. What gorgeous kitchen accessories I could make!