This year I’m sewing along with
Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing Claire Shaeffer, using her Custom Couture Collection pattern Vogue V8333. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make her Starlet Suit. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
Though I was really hoping I’d finally figured out the fit of the Starlet Suit Jacket last week, it was clear from your comments that the back still wasn’t quite right. I tried all the tips and tricks you guys suggested, but those sleeve puckers came back regardless of how I eased in that upper back princess seam. Now, perhaps I just needed to set the sleeves in differently, use larger shoulder pads, or adjust another seam in some magic way to make it all come together. But, for now I call uncle.
Since I did want to make some forward progress, I went digging through my pattern stash since I knew I’d inherited several nice jacket patterns. I found Vogue V8333, which not only vaguely resembles the Starlet Suit Jacket but also provides couture instructions by Claire Shaeffer. I decided it couldn’t hurt to make up a new muslin out of this pattern just to see. Could it really be any worse?
It was so much better. I need a little bit more time wearing the muslin, but I think it’s close to fitting me without any adjustments. It feels like cheating to use a different pattern from the class, but I really just need something that’s going to work. One day I’ll know enough to get the Starlet Suit Jacket pattern to work for me, but that day doesn’t seem to be now. And, I’m actually really excited to get to use Claire Shaeffer’s written instructions with Gertie’s video instructions as I move through jacket construction. Tuesdays with Gertie and Claire, anyone?
Also, thank you all so much for your kind words last week. It means so much to me to know how caring and supporting the online sewing community is. You guys are all so spectacular. Thank you, thank you, thank you.