Never one to back down from a fight, I took another stab at New Look 6901. Yes folks, we’re back to my search for TNTs.
I had read about the cheater FBA for knits on Debbie Cook’s blog and thought I had nothing to lose but some knit fabric as another muslin. Since my first muslin was GINORMOUS…
Oh sorry, was that too loud? I decided to go down two sizes from a 16 to a 12. And since the size 16 was too small in the bust, I chose to go up to the 18 from the armscye and blend it into the waist line.
Shoot, I’m just now wondering if I should have altered the back too? Well I did and this is where we stand now.
I have mixed feelings about this second version. I am very glad I made this again though. Fitting is a process. There is no skipping over steps — it just can’t be done that way. I love the overall fit of the size 12. It’s fitted, without being too clingy. There is definitely more room for the girls this time, but still a few pulling wrinkles across the bust line. And the drape still falls mostly behind the bust wrinkles; kind of annoying to me. My gut feeling is that I did the best cheater FBA I could because my side seams are pretty straight. But I also think that this pattern is just not working for me and I should find another pattern that does. One more thing, I don’t think the drape neckline works with suit jackets at all. I would have to wear this solo or maybe with a sweater. I would feel very exposed without a suit jacket and have to suck in my stomach for 9 hours at work. Talk about exhausting!
But let me ask all the more experienced fitters out there: please give me your honest opinion about this top and any suggestions you might have to make it work, if possible.
And in case you’re wondering, I will most likely finish this top and put it into my work wardrobe rotation. But I will have to make a skirt to go with it first. 😉
Happy sewing everyone!