I should mention that I did some preliminary fitting as I was draping: for instance, I tried on the bodice as I went to check the sleeve depth. That was a very good thing, because on first try, it was so small I could barely get my hand in the sleeve!
When I put on my muslin, I immediately noticed that the waist was too big, so I took it in right away. And here's how it looked. (Yes, I am wearing a bump-it in my hair. Jeff finds this incredibly bizarre. Hey, I'm going for a 60s look!)
From the back:
And the side:
There are certainly some problems with the fit, but I got it pretty close I think! Here's a run-down of the changes I made:
- added 3/4" width under the armpit to prevent pulling in the kimono sleeves and to widen the back
- made a sway back adjustment to reduce wrinkling at the lower back
- made sure all the pieces were "trued" (the back midriff was too small for the back bodice, resulting in some twisting as it was sewn)
- took 1/4" inch tucks on the scoop neck to prevent gaping
- lengthened the midriff by 1/4" to elongate the torso
I will probably also add another inch to the length - it looks a little too modern to me. Do you agree?
I've now transferred the pattern (with these changes) to paper. Since I made so many tweaks, I will most likely make a second muslin to ensure the fit is good. Once I'm happy with that round, it will be ready to sew!
What do you think? See any other changes you would make?