You'll notice the left and right don't look the same. I (clearly) am not a small busted Sewaholic pear shaped model, a rather sizable FBA was needed. Based on high bust measurements I cut a 16, but thinking about Myrna cutting a different size for front and back, I actually cut the size 14 for the back to see how that worked. I added my FBA (can't remember how much, 1.5" maybe? I think I needed about 3"). The thing is, I did a crappy job of lining up my darts.
What a mess. My darts are way too low, there is extra fabric to pinch out and the lower darts aren't lining up with my bust. I was rather disappointed but I could at least see where to start.
So I marked my bust apex, redrew my darts and moved the waist darts to under my bust point. (Side vent, after the terrible shaping above, I wanted to verify the right angle for bust darts and reference after reference would just say "and redraw darts to the correct place", and that correct place would be...?).
Don't I look perkier? Not perfect but so much better.
Coming back to the top picture again...
Last night, I fixed up both sides - tweaked the darts, gave them a better press and I based on the little sleeves to get a better sense of it without pins. I didn't want to take it off. I think I'm going to like this pattern.
One question for those who have made it. When I basted the side seams to check the fit, I started by leaving the zipper side open, but it seemed loose enough so I sewed it shut. I don't need a zipper to get it off and on. Am I leaving too much ease? Is this normal? Or is the zipper more important for the full sleeve options (I'm doing cap sleeves)? I'm going to sew up the sides but I'd like to hear if there is a reason to add the zipper I'm not seeing.
So not much left to do. I have not looked at the back with a critical eye, but it is not the obvious disaster that the front is. There is space between my lower back and the blouse but I think it suits the style. I think the most I'd want to do is end the back darts a little higher. The sleeves need to be added on permanently and finish the side seams properly. A quick hem and I believe this will be a truly wearable muslin, possibly even this weekend. I don't think the pattern pieces will be going away prior to cutting out another one.
Is it the weekend yet?
Oh and not much to update on the FET. I had some communication with the clinic about medications etc. I will have 3 doses of Humira prior to transfer (so May 9th AND May 23rd - I'm going to need to buy more, $1,730 was for 2 pens not 3). May 13th (Day 21) I'm in for blood work & ultrasound to see if I ovulate (doubt it) because that determines if I take Evil Provera or not. Until then, I'm doing really well at taking my metformin, vitamins, (even flossing!) etc and making wiser choices eating. I had some pretty bad PMS bloat going on with that period, I've lost 6lbs this week and I am quite certain that is not fat. It's a good start that I'm aiming to build on in a very healthy way.
You must read Falling Through Your Clothes today, it's exactly what I'm thinking about right now. I'm not counting calories or following any stupid restriction (I am consulting a nutritionist, good timing for my work to offer up free access to a nutritionist for 6 months, no?). I am simply paying attention to being hungry (which I have not been this week) and picking foods that are good for me. I'm not happy at this weight, it does not feel comfortable. My comfortable weight is higher than most charts, but it's a spot I can (generally) maintain and feel good. That's what I want.