Here is the most recent muslin:
And the simulation-with-fabric:
Not crazy about this one. Â The reversing curve in front draws the eye to the bottom, whereas it really ought to be on the top. Â The symmetric, identical curve in back looks a little too formal and symmetric – not like the whim of a drifting leaf.
So I tried a simulation with a totally asymmetric back:
This looks better. Â I’d really like to take the asymmetry all the way to the shoulder, but my fabric isn’t wide enough and it would produce a jarring seam line at the shoulder as the light panel met the dark panel.
I’m not sure what to do about the front yet – think I may ask Sharon’s advice on that one.
Anyway, I am hard at work revising the pattern for muslin #9. Â Making the back asymmetric is major pattern surgery: first I need to revise the center back on both right and left halves, then I need to adjust the seam on the side edge to make the panels no more than 21″ wide. Â Which of course means that I need to adjust the seam on the side panels. Â Then I get to redraw all the seam allowances. Â Oy vey!
But I am persevering. Â I have four days left (including one entire weekend day) before going up to see Sharon to adjust the fit. Â That’s plenty of time to do another muslin, if I get cracking.