Has it been nearly two weeks since my last post?
So what have we been up to here at Donut Towers? Well …
… there’s been a bit of knitting of Ringwood gloves, this is the first glove and I’m up to the thumb. Terribly fiddly knitting on several DP needles, and I’m sure it’s only going to get worse as I start on fingers!
We’ve marvelled at the different varieties of thistles on our daily walk on the hill.
admired the wild flowers and enjoyed the smell of new mown hay
and sat in the welcome shade of our favourite tree as we contemplated life, and watched the world go by.
And enjoyed some welcome shade in the garden as we’ve enjoyed tea and cake breaks in between watching Olympian feats on TV. (Hasn’t the coverage been great?).
Of course, we’re enjoying picking bouquets of summer flowers for the house …
…. and peas from the veggie plot – believe me they taste much better fresh from the pod!
And we’re back to trying some of this! I’m feeling a bit blah about this toile – sack of potatoes springs to mind. I look at this and see only my negative hangups about my body shape. Is this a good fit, or do I look like a sack of potatoes? You can be honest, I won’t get upset, really. Where do I go from here? Please ignore the jagged neck, we’ll pretend it’s a design feature, it was me couldn’t be bothered to unpin it and take it off to free the neck line so I did some
neat contortions and hacked away! (The red marks are the tailor tacks.) I wanted to see if it would fall off my shoulders like this does.
If you remember, I made this back in early January as a working toile. I’ve worn it a lot around the house, and it’s nice and cool to wear on a hot day, but it has the annoying habit of slipping backwards, and I’m constantly tugging it forwards again. From my fitting books this suggests that the shoulder seam needs bringing forward. I would also not bother with a facing again as it shifts about all the time, I shall bind the neckline edge instead.
But back to my current toile …
look where the shoulder line is. This looks too far back to me, and the biro mark is where I think I might bring the shoulder forward to. The reason for the hack job was to see if it would slip backwards and it didn’t. So should I leave it alone, or try moving the shoulder seam forward? Otherwise the fit is quite good through the shoulders, I think.
I’ve made this toile using the Pattern Drafter from Maria Opresnik, which seems to have addressed things like having the darts in the right place (no fba yay) and my narrow sloping shoulders, but I’m not sure about this shoulder seam placement, and the rest of the toile. What do you think dear readers?
I’ve also just seen this book on Amazon - it looks very useful, but I’ll leave it on the wish list for a while, and peruse the fitting books I already have.
Jane & Daisy xx