New Look 6648 - I've finally learned to use inexpensive knits first to try any new knit shirt pattern. Though even at my smallest I never felt I had narrow shoulders, the area between my neck and shoulder is a few inches narrower per side than average, so sleeve seams are often sliding way off my shoulders. I make alterations to all the patterns I make, but it still isn't usually enough. Therefore I'm making an effort to make more shirts without set in sleeves so I don't have to tinker with altering multiple pattern pieces.
This is not the best pattern for my shoulders as it already has a very wide neckline. I did narrow the neck by an inch on each side, and my muslin fits pretty well. I'm sure a camisole will look fine with it to cover up those pesky bra straps. I have a short torso so the waist is ending up at hip level, which of course makes it a bit of an odd (read: snug) fit there.
The pattern was quick and easy, though the side gathering seemed like it wasn't working and looks wrong until it's on the body. I'm looking forward to making another one with a few tweaks for fit at the hips and the neckline.
I'll add a review to Patternreview.com which I want to say, if you sew, and haven't seen this website, you should really check it out. It's got people (like me and you!) who sew reviewing not only the big 4 patterns, but a lot of smaller & boutique pattern companies. It's been an invaluable source, for tips and advice on how to deal with certain patterns.
So speaking of reviews: they are great things - if I'd read them right before I made something I'd save myself so much time and effort I'd be able to get a lot more stuff done. The directions in the Colette book are great, they also have a forum where you can post and read about their patterns, so with that on top of Patternreview.com, I should've finished the Meringue skirt with no problem. Truth is I stayed up until 5 am sewing Saturday night, so I was taking shortcuts and didn't read a thing. Hence my skirt still looks like this.
This skirt isn't meant for tops to go over it, especially elastic waisted ones as you can see. It doesn't crumple up with a tucked in shirt, it lies nice and flat, I promise! Soon I'll be ripping out the hem facing and starting over, which serves me right ;) On the bright side, I got to put in my first invisible zipper too which was nice, I'd been putting it off for some reason, but trying new techniques is on my 2012 bucket list, both for apparel and quilting.