You may recall that I was mulling over the front of the last muslin, unsatisfied with it but also not seeing any solution. Â Yesterday, a friend broke me loose from my assumptions by saying, “Do you have to use that collar?”
EUREKA!!! Â Of course I don’t. Â I had been thinking of it as non-negotiable, because the collar was the primary focus of the jacket, long ago and far away, when I planned to make it with a totally different fabric. Â Now, of course, it’s secondary to the fabric, and in fact is a distraction from the fabric.
So I made some hasty sketches, and came up with this:
Now the fastener is on the left shoulder, and, freed from the collar, the line between light and dark can flow freely from the top of the garment. Â The back remains the same, but with the direction of the diagonal reversed, so that the colors will match at the shoulder seam.
This garment has an Asian flavor – the fastener and line on the top is reminiscent of the chi pau (cheongsam). Â But that’s OK – I think it’s a lovely line, and the chi pau is a totally elegant garment.
Now, of course, there’s the execution. Â I go to see Sharon at 9:30 am tomorrow morning, so the muslin has to be drafted, printed, cut out, and sewn by then. Â I had been worried about this – this is a radical redesign that changes virtually every seam in the garment, so I expected it would take a long time to draft.
Illustrator to the rescue! Â It’s wonderful to be able to copy, paste, flip, and rotate with the click of a mouse. Â It only took two hours to completely revamp the pattern. Â I printed it out and cut out half the pieces last night; this morning I’ll finish cutting the pieces and sew them together. Â Piece of cake. Â I might even still make it to my class this afternoon, on sewing circuits into clothing!
Off to work on the muslin! Â Not a moment to lose!