Years ago I had ordered their Trapeze dress and it suffered from the same problem, as does their Dress Shirt pattern. Low, ill fitting armholes. The shoulders in a size 16 become football player proportion, the sleeve still a tight narrow tube and the armhole is so low, that even raising your arms past your waist lifts the top and the sleeve head strangles your upper arm. Then there was that cute collar and facing that attracted me in the first place. Honestly, I have never seen something so simple so overworked.
Anyway, on iteration #2 I did my own thing. Sandwiched the finished collar between facing and blouse. SO much easier. I adjusted the armholes and sleeves and still just didn't find the thing comfortable or flattering. I cut the sleeves off and will just bias bind them, have a serviceable sleeveless top and be done with it.
Now the Jalie Rose pattern is another story. The beauty of that pattern makes up for all the crappiness of the M&M pattern. Here is the second rendition. I had it on before I could snap pics, so this is what you got.
The Cashmerette Springfield top is another winner. When I was putting it together I thought the neckline was going to be an utter fail. To my surprise, while it is wide, it lays beautifully and close.
I opted for the shapely Version B with the back seaming and the fit was pretty darn good right out of the envelope.
My only adjustment next go round will to bring the waist up about an inch. I have good luck with this pattern company and their size range and drafting is very good!
I have a flock of little grey sheep now on the towels.
Once that is done, we'll have some Baa Baa Black ones too! I guess I'll give them white faces.
I sold the Gilmore Reel, and am awaiting the new behemoth Leclerc. Tracking says delivery tomorrow. I will start in this weekend on winding the endless blanket warp for Mongo.
Who BTW got his own little piece of art as all my looms do.
Believe me, I have kept myself from painting some fancy black scroll work on him......
And there has been some band weaving on the deck, complete with hummingbirds buzzing around and birds chirping merrily at the feeders.
The real news is all the pretty fiber arriving for this years Tour de Fleece!
I have missed the last two years due to life beyond my control, but this year I am on two teams, The Warped Weaver's Team and the Ashford team, both on Ravelry. I love this more than Spinzilla I think. There is no counting, no keeping track of yards etc., just spin and have fun every day they are riding.
I love the low key aspect of that. I have one last pile of fiber to arrive. A merino/angora blend. Woot! A new one for me to try.
I'm leaving you with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Spinning Wheel, of COURSE! :-)
Parting shot: Miss Dachshund Calendar Girl of 2018.