I am so fortunate to have a group of very creative sewing friends who have no problem being honest about what looks good on me and what doesn't!
I finished the muslin in time for today's PatternMaster Users Group meeting, and got a LOT of very good feedback. But before we get to that, here is what the muslin looked like before they made their comments:
Remember, my inspiration is drawn from Vogue 2607. I drafted it with PatternMaster, of course, with a little tweaking of the collar pattern piece after I printed it out. Although my original intent was to have a single-breasted front, I opted for the zipper after all.
Overall, I am very happy with the fit and the style. The PMB group did make some suggestions, starting with the jacket hem. They all thought it was too long and had too much flare. So it was pinned up to see if it made a difference.
Well, yes. So I'll be shortening the jacket and reducing the flare.
The next suggestion was to raise the flare point of the skirt -- that is, the point at which the skirt starts flaring outward. Right now it starts just above the knee; the suggestion was to raise it about two inches. Not a huge change, but enough to subtly alter the line.
The two-part sleeves are also too baggy. It doesn't help that I'm pretty sure I sewed them inside-out and backwards. But I will be reducing them a little bit. Again, not a lot, but enough to make them more tailored.
This collar is just about right; the suggestion was to make it about half an inch shorter, so it stops just below my earlobes. But the ladies all liked the dramatic look, which is what I was aiming for!
I'll be making a second muslin in the next week or so; the fabric I ordered should arrive by mid-week, and I will then look for fabric for the lining and the shell. I'm also going to add welt pockets to the jacket, although I'll try them first on the muslin to make sure they don't create an unwanted detail so close to my hips.
We also had a discussion about the zipper: I'm going to look for an invisible separating zipper (I had no idea they existed!), but it was also suggested that one of the sparkly rhinestone zippers might look good too. But the more I think about that option, the less I like it.
All in all, I'm quite happy with the way this outfit is shaping up. One of the ladies also suggested I make a shorter skirt if I have fabric left over (which I think I will), so I can pair it with the jacket for a less formal occasion.
So, stay tuned for the next muslin round!