Yay! I’m so excited. One of our RML contestants followed up with the suggestions made for her product. She made up a new sample (it’s for sale!) so you can see the striking difference between the two.
I realize the lighting differences throw it off a bit along with the new background but a careful examination of the two shows dramatic improvements.
I’m excited about the improvement in the gathers; the ones on the new blouse are more controlled and shaped. I think raising them made a world of difference. To get an idea of what I mean by controlled gathers, check out the 3/4 view at right. The gathers are adjacent to and cupping the breast -this is a much more flattering look. Also see that curved side dart; isn’t it cool?
Here are the changes she said made based on our suggestions (links at close) -some of the suggestions were not posted out here but in her thread on the forum.
- Interface the hems.
- Interface the shoulder seams to reinforce them.
- Move the gathers up.
- Widen the hem to 2″. Soft press it during construction.
- Sew the front seam differently to take out the bump at the neckline where the 2 pieces meet
Another big difference is in pressing the hems. She was reluctant to press them because she wanted a softer look rather than a crisp hard line -with which I agreed but hardly anyone else did- but I showed her a way to have the best of both worlds, namely soft pressing with no hard lines. Oh and I regret having to keep mum on some of that in public (for now) but I’m seeing more of my content repackaged on various websites with no attribution -and some of them are angling for book deals. The one I saw today was a doozy, all this advanced stuff but she didn’t know how to draft a lining right. Accordingly, I’m glad I never posted how to do that. But anyway…
Claudine had intended to make the facings slightly smaller than the shell but it didn’t work out for her. Luckily for us, she posted an excellent photo showing where and how she’d made the adjustment so we were able to post a better way to repair the facing.
Again I’d like to thank Claudine for her excellent work and diligence and all of you for your excellent suggestions. If you’re interested in participating in a review with resultant suggestions for your work, just shoot me an email.
I think I will give Claudine a prize of some kind. She’s our only contestant thus far to implement suggestions and follow up with a new sample. I will ask her what she wants and let you know what she said later.