Fitting revelation and “wearable” muslin.

Here’s something I discovered today I wanted to share (in case it could help someone else)… I have a new theory on why tops and dresses tend to gape on me at the neckline.  Allow me to demonstrate with a picture…


Yes it makes sense now! Most peoples shoulders slope more than mine, I have quite square shoulders so by taking excess out from the shoulder seam it fits better.

Note: The diagram is exaggerated and inaccurate but you get the idea! Perhaps it counter-intuitive to remove fabric near the neck if you have boxy shoulders, but for some reason it worked for this pattern. I did remove a lot less, and it what I did take out was less slanted than what I drew in mu crude drawing.

Simplicity 1693 was the pattern used. I am not exactly over the moon with the results…


Anyway this is the top before the alteration…

gapey shirt

And after…



So it is an improvement, but I don’t know if I like the loose fit on me but I do love the fabric!

I had a dress in the same colour and print when I was a little girl and it was my favorite dress. I have plenty more of this fabric left, so I am sure I will make something much cuter with it.

I am happy I tested out this pattern in a fabric I had plenty of, because I dont know if it is worth making again. If I do make it again, I want to do the bias binding before I sew up the site seams, and it will probably make it 100 times easier!

I did cut out and sew a peter pan collar, for this top, but I left it off, because I felt like the girly fabic and combined with a collar in the same colour would be too sickly sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I love to look a bit twee, but I am supposed to be a bit more grown up at this point in my life…


Perhaps I can use it on something else. I just discovered a quick way to get the collar to look good:


Tip: Its worth investing in some good quality pinking sheers. I used my new ones to grade the seams on my peter pan collar and it worked a treat! Just grade the seams with the pinking sheers and go over the seam line with a point turner and press. Super quick!

I left of the interfacing, to see how that would change the look of it.

Anyway thats the end of my story.

I have something much more exciting for the next post, it just may be my favorite dress ever.

Heres a teaser (from when it was a W.I.P)…


I have enjoyed reading everyones 2013 recaps. All of the sewing blogs I read are full of sewing inspiration but its reassuring to read that everyone has sewing fails from time to time.

Sometimes it’s impossible to predict which projects will be the highlights and which ones will go unworn, but no matter how the projects turn out its good to know we are always learning more and advancing our sewing skills!

Hope everyone is having a good 2014!


  1. I had a fitting revelation of my own at the weekend so I know how exciting/relieving/joyous it can be. I totally agree that a collar on this cute top would take it over the edge and I can’t wait to see your next item – that fabric is so cool!

    • Yes it’s such a great feeling (especially since fitting is so tricky)! Thanks 🙂

  2. Interesting! I adore the WIP too. Fabulous fabric!

    • Aw thank you 🙂 Can’t wait to use more of it!

  3. I have definitely fixed neckline gaping in the same way! Sometimes the line of the shoulders doesn’t match mine, which seems to have been the problem here. But sometimes my issue has been that there is just too much distance between the shoulder and bustline which can also leave the neck gaping.

    • Ah! I never even considered that! There are so many ways to change the fit and sometimes it can be such a domino effect, because you change one thing you have to change many other things too!

      • Ugh, the domino effect can be so frustrating that sometimes I’m afraid to adjust fit at all. I noticed my problem with the shoulder to bustline distance on some of my store bought tank tops. For whatever reason, I don’t have as much of an issue with this when there are sleeves involved.

      • Interesting that sleeves seem to counteract the problem! It can be a mysterious thing!

        I think we are too hard on ourselves sometimes when it comes to the fit of a garment. Its nice to take care with the fit, but I have noticed I am no where near as fussy about the fit when I am buying store bought clothing.

        No two bodies are the same! I probably blame sewing patterns too much when the fit is off, because there really is no standard size and everyone’s proportions are different!

  4. Etemi said:

    It makes such big difference! Good for you for finding that out. Do you have any help around when you are fitting a muslin on yourself? I’ve only done it once to be honest and it was hard work, and I’m not a 100% satisfied with the result either…

    • 🙂 sometimes I get my boyfriend to mark any changes on the back of what I am making. Do you have someone who can help you with fitting? It really can be a pain. I know just what you mean! Sometimes I still don’t get the right fit on something after several of them!

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