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. ;-)
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...