Here is the most recent muslin:
And the simulation-with-fabric:
Not crazy about this one. The reversing curve in front draws the eye to the bottom, whereas it really ought to be on the top. 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. 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. 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. Which of course means that I need to adjust the seam on the side panels. Then I get to redraw all the seam allowances. Oy vey!
But I am persevering. I have four days left (including one entire weekend day) before going up to see Sharon to adjust the fit. That’s plenty of time to do another muslin, if I get cracking.