animal print fabrics being really hot a few years ago, I just don't see them being used as much as before. Back then there were so many different knit ones - for some the animal they mimicked were almost unidentifiable - like the one I pulled out of the stash this week to use as a muslin. I must have really adored the fabric when I purchased it because after using 2 1/4 yards for this top, I still have 2 yards left.
When using a pattern for the first time I quite often forget to check out "Pattern Review" to see what others have experienced, but with McCall's 7249 I remembered to do that and it was well worth my time.
Reviewers spoke the absolute truth - the pattern is truly a puzzle. With reviews like this I normally say, "never mind" and put the pattern neatly back in the drawer. But since I've had the pattern for a while and was still very attracted to it, I decided to give it a go first as a muslin. I cut on Tuesday, worked on it a little each day, finished it tonight, and yes indeed it was truly a puzzle. Reviewers said that the pattern ran large, but I did not find that to be so.
|Overlay Side Ruching
MY SYNOPSIS OF THE PROJECT:
Did I make changes to the pattern? Yes. I used a rectangular fabric strip to create a back neck facing rather than turn under and stitch which I like much better. I tacked down the overlay facings to prevent them from flipping outward.
Will I wear this muslin? Yes I will
Will I make the pattern again? Probably not. Original plans were to make the muslin, then if I liked it enough, use the pattern for my black ITY knit. Although I'll wear the muslin, I don't think the pattern is worthy of my (hard to come by for my area) black ITY; and it involved a bit too much work for a knit top.
Four garments down, 12 to go...