I was going to write this tonight and post it tomorrow morning, but I really suck at remembering that it's a scheduled post and writing in future tense so here it is now instead of later.
This is Vogue 1257, to refresh your memory.
All of the reviews on PR complained about the tight sleeve, and with good reason. Holy cow- the size 20 sleeve is 13" wide, *before* subtracting seam allowances.
I was thinking I'd have to add at least 4" inches, but then I actually measured my bicep and … well … Holy cow again. My bicep, *with a shirt on* is 13". When did THAT happen? So that's why the scale is still going down but my pants size isn't. Oh well, I'll just have to be patient. Thinner biceps are great for eliminating a pattern alteration. Well, except here.
I decided to add 2" as a starting point. This is not my idea for the alteration, although it's pretty easy to see the sleeve "piece" melded with the front bodice. Now. ;-) I saw this in a PR review and thought, "Brilliant!" It's your usual full bicep alteration if you're not familiar with it.
The is the pattern piece altered, and turned back so CF is vertical, so you can get an idea of the whole weird shape of it.
I cut the bodice at the size 16, but the sleeve at the largest size, 20, because of the drafting goof. And then I also blended to more width at hip, figuring I can always take it in if needed. Better safe than sorry.
And that's where I'm stopping for tonight because tomorrow it's Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Back to Work I Go and I need to go chill for a bit and then tuck myself into bed. But I've had a great weekend and I feel very productive. Got lots of errands done, the panties finally finished, some work this afternoon, some Sons of Anarchy watching, lots of football viewing, a couple of grown-up beverages, blog reading, and a new pattern pressed, cut and altered. I love these long weekends. And there's another one coming up in a couple of weeks. Yay!
Speaking of chill — it's going to be FREEZING here tomorrow (literally freezing tomorrow night), so I'm already thinking about what to wear, and tights will figure in to it. Too bad I don't have any full-length boots. But as a consolation, it will definitely be nice to pull a nice new pair of undies out of the drawer tomorrow morning. There's just something about new underwear that makes the whole day better, am I right? Even without boots. Hahaha!