Monday, August 4, 2014
Aztec-Inspired Colette Myrtle
Because nothing says Greecian goddess like an Aztec-inspired print, right? Hahahaha.
I kind of don't know what I was thinking. Well, except being desperate to get 3 yards of something. I liked this print, though I need to learn to pay better attention to the scale information. Because holy-huge-print, Batman! I was envisioning this as being much smaller scale. I also ordered some bicycle print and was shocked at the huge print scale. Eeek! (Both fabrics from Girl Charlee.)
Sadly I didn't bust much stash on this. I did make a muslin with some smoke-stained knit, so I guess that was a bit of busting. I don't know what other people do for their knit muslins--it's so rare I actually come across knits for really cheap I am loathe to actually use any of it for muslins unless it's truly, truly hideous.
Hmmm, I hope the construction crew across the street is focused on their work.....
I decided I needed to do a real non-hopefully-wearable muslin since the first Myrtle makers popping up were complaining of too much ease in the pattern and super-deep cowls, etc. My muslin showed that it fit me pretty well--maybe because I was really straddling the line between medium and large in my measurements and going with the medium erased the ease?
Anyway, once I made my muslin, I decided I'd double the back bodice so it could be lined too and avoid having to do the turn-and-hem on the back neckline and armholes. I simply serged the back neckline and back armscythes with right sides together, leaving the shoulders alone, so that they could be sewn per the instructions, and then just treated it as one piece. Unfortunately I decided to double-needle around the back neckline and armholes, even though it was unnecessary, and it stretched out my neckline horribly. Grrrrr..... I tried steaming and drying it, but that didn't do the trick, so I had to take two darts of about 3/4" each to fix it. I didn't have that issue at all with my muslin, so I really think it was the fabric stretching and not the pattern in this case.
Gaping mostly fixed. Sigh.
Otherwise, this went together really easily. I meant to totally make Version 2, including the tabs, but then I forgot about them when I started assembling. Oops. Version 2 is short, y'all. I thought I'd save myself some fabric by cutting the shorter length to start with since I usually end up shortening Colette dresses a couple inches. Mistake! I had a to take the tiniest of hems possible on this (I considered just doing a rolled hem, but I knew with how awful this fabric acted it would be lettuce-edged which I didn't want). I don't think I can wear it to work it's so short. Maybe in the fall with leggings and a jacket?
I'm not sure I'm sold on the cased elastic/blousing as being a falttering look--at least not on me. It could be being made worse by the fabric, which is really quite beefy and not super-drapey as far as stretchy knits go. I do think it looks better unbelted, unlike the Moneta.
I do kind of like the blousing in the back. Maybe it's just under-boob blousing I dislike?
Some folks also mentioned being unhappy with the armholes on this one. I actually really liked the armholes on this one (as opposed to Moneta which has major gape issues in the sleeveless edition), and I don't mind the wider shoulders. I kind of find it balancing?
My armholes were perfect for me.
I also saw several folks talking about the cowl being too deep, which would have been an issue in my muslin knit, but in this beefy bad boy, the cowl just kind of stays in place, so it's actually not flashy unless I bend COMPLETELY over, and if I did that, everyone would see up the super-short backside, so....I'd be having other problems if that were to occur. LOL
Overall.......I'm kind of "meh." I'm sure I'll make another (or two!) because it is a SUPER fast pattern, once I could wrap my mind around what we were doing with the casing, but I'm not sure I love it. Maybe I should stop snapping up the Colette knits since I keep not really loving them on me? Mabye stick with the Lady Skaters and Comino Cap, which I think are much more flattering for me.
Bonus kid pic. Look what Will can do.