Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Little Fitting Progress, A Lot of Crapstorm

Happy Cinco de Mayo, all. I am {finally} having a quiet moment with a cup of my favorite brew, and thought I'd do some catching up in blogland, both posting and reading all my favorite blogs.

Life has been a bit of a roller coaster lately. First off, my daughter has a spine fracture in two places. She is in an upper body brace made of a hard plastic material. In almost 90 degree heat. This couldn't happen in winter?? She is a trooper - and hopefully her good attitude will pay off with healing and avoiding surgery.  Time will tell, but in the meantime, pain is her constant companion.

 Secondly, a friend and her daughter were displaced from their home a couple of weeks ago, and my very sweet husband offered them a place to stay until they get back on their feet.  We quickly turned our guest bedroom turned gym back into a guest bedroom.  Our traitorous dog adores them, and sleeps in their room every chance she gets.

Thirdly, a few nights ago, another friend's daughter was sick, so I drove them to the ER. It was a busy night, so we were in the waiting room for > two hours, all the while holding 'the bucket', if you know what I mean. (It just so happened that two traumas came in right when we did.)  Once in the back, her care was excellent, she looked much better, but then just as she was about to be admitted overnight, she suffered a severe seizure, which of course was a game changer. It was a crazy night, to say the least. She was admitted to the ICU where she remained until this afternoon.  She will be in a regular room for several more days.   She is over the worst of it, but it will take some time for her to fully recover.  It is not likely that she will be able to finish out the school year.  I have been at the hospital with them much of the time  since Wednesday night, as she is like another daughter to me.  It has been a traumatic experience for the entire family and all of their friends, but everyone feels gratitude that she came through this.  I truly saw her life flash before my eyes, and indeed, we almost lost her.

 And as if all of that were not enough, my husband's father was diagnosed with cancer this week. It's not advanced, thankfully, but will entail some procedures and lots of doctor visits, etc.

It seems like a crapstorm around here!

Sewing - has not occurred at all this week, but I made a teeny weeny bit of progress after my last post. I wanted to thank everyone for their comments on the muslin fitting progress here. I also want to address Dixie's evaluation, which I really appreciate.

      1. Yes, I changed the angle of the shoulder, but wasn't really happy with it. I've removed that change from my flat pattern and will reevaluate on my next muslin. I really have myself convinced that I don't have a rounded upper back (denial?). I also thought I had much less of a slope to my shoulders until I had the hubs take pictures for me.

      2. I agree that the shoulder seam needs to come forward. Some of that is the way I'm holding my arm, but not all. I also agree the shoulders are too wide, however, I am waiting to address that on my next muslin. There was an issue with the back on that muslin. I had constructed the back out of an old sheet, and it was off-grain, too 'soft', and stretched out. I've cut out a new muslin out of actual shirting fabric that I purchased inexpensively for the purpose of muslining shirts.

      3. I also agree that the princess seam needs to be moved toward the side seams.

      4. The girls do need more room! Apparently, my FBA wasn't generous enough. I referred to Sarah Veblen's Perfect Fitting, using her method to add 'just a little' to each of the front pieces on the flat pattern. The new muslin *should* fit the girls, and then I can address the shoulder/back issues. I believe the addition will fix the gap at the front armscye.

Thanks again, Dixie, for your input. Another set of eyes on fit issues is really helpful. Now I'd like to share some pictures of the progress.

Sarah's book shows a similar picture to mine above.  Here I opened up the princess seams as her book instructs, and look how the fit relaxed and the drag lines went away.  (As compared to here.)

When I opened up the princess seams, it corrected the armscye gap here.  Like magic.  ;-)

Adding a bit of extra room to side front - above, and to front - below, a la Sarah Veblen's book referenced above.  You can see marks on the muslin near the top of the picture.  I measured the opening at the princess seams (and wrote on the muslin) and then added 1/2 to each of the front and side front at the princess seam, tapering to zero above and below.

It really helps my thought process to blog about my progress, especially with pictures. I'm very visual, which is why I am loving Sarah's book.  I traced and cut a new muslin, but that's as far as I've gotten. Don't know if I will be able to sew this weekend. I've got some rest and the stuff of life to catch up on.  In fact, I am feeling a nap coming on right now!

Before I go, I must complain about the Blogger change.  I initially wrote this post on my iPad.  When I previewed the post, Blogger had removed all of my text formatting. My post turned into one long paragraph with no formatting whatsoever. WTH is up with that??

I hope you all are sewing up a storm, and life is treating you well.

Until next time, whenever that may be...



  1. What a horrible week. I am so sorry that you are having such an awful time. When you can (if ever), take some time for yourself. Consider yourself hugged. <3

    1. Thanks Elle. I've managed to sped the entire day in my nightgown. It's been a lovely day with my family, and right now I am listening to my friend who is a concert pianist put my piano through its paces, and make beautiful music.

  2. Oh, Andrea, I'm sorry to hear about all this, and especially about your daughter.

    I'm very impressed that you are sewing - it must help your sanity! I went back several posts and can't figure out what you are making. But the fit is improving!

    1. Thank you, Shams, I've been trying to maintain my sanity. Some days I can only squeeze in 15 minutes or so, but it's better than nothing. I find that concentrating on a puzzle like fitting completely takes me away from it all.
      And thanks for the reminder, I should note in each post that the pattern is Butterick 5678. I am determined to get a good fit with this. In a woven, a shoulder princess is my best bet.

  3. Oh it sounds like you have had a terribly traumatic time, and you must be beside yourself with worry over your daughter. I certainly hope that this is the last of the run of awful events in your life, and that things start to look up now.
    Best wishes to all your loved ones for speedy recoveries, and I hope that you take care yourself too :)

  4. Thank you, Carolyn. I think it has all caught up with me, because I am tired to the bone today. Early to bed pour moi!

  5. Andrea I am so sorry to hear about your daughter...but it sounds like you do have a lot going on in your life right now. I'm praying for some assistance for you! Heaven knows you could use it.


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