First, the house deal fell through: they already have multiple cash offers, so we’re out of the running. Oh well; on to the next one!
Anyway…I spent ten hours working on Autumn Splendor yesterday, thread-tracing each seam, then carefully basting the seams together, then machine-sewing along each seam. I gave the seams a light press and clipped them a little bit, but because I want the option of adjusting the fit after I see Sharon next weekend, I didn’t give them a hard press. So the seams are not flat, and still look a little wonky. I have not put on the sleeves or the facings yet.
But all that said, here it is! (Click for the full-size version.)
I’m more or less happy. The stripes match up beautifully in the front (the result of much fiddling), the color transitions match up all around, and the curves in front and and back are exactly as I had planned. The curved seams in the side panels are not obvious from the front or back, and look graceful when viewed from the side. (Also, you won’t see them much after the sleeves go on.)
That said, I feel like the garment is a little plain as it stands; I think it could use a bit of bling, something to punch up the design. In particular, I think the front could use some work; the prominent stripes are fighting with the curve, and make the flow feel more static than I’d like. I want to emphasize the curve, so am considering adding a swirl of glittery seed (or bugle) beads down the yellow/orange section in front, to add some more motion.
Something like this:
Of course, I wouldn’t use orange throughout, but would make the bead colors match the garment. I don’t think I’d put beading on the back; there the stripes aren’t quite so obvious, and I don’t feel like the swoopy curve needs any help.
What think you, Gentle Reader?