It's taken me much longer than i'd like to complete this next stage! I wanted to read all of the pattern changing advice before making my toile to try and minimize final fitting problems.
I agonised for ages over which size to make and after reading all of the comments about how it was quite loose, went for the smallest size I thought I could get away with (4).
I made a narrow shoulder adjustment before the toile as well as I always have a problem in that area. I followed the sewalong instructions - at first confused about the differing amounts of seam allowance on the example picture, but this was handily explained in the comments section (different amount of SE for bias binding on sleeves to inserted sleeves.)
The toile was really easy to make as it's such a simple pattern, so it made up for all of the time i wasted waiting for the new instructions to come out!
The fit was pretty good at first glance, but I had to make an adjustment on the shoulders as I don't have much of a shoulder slope and it was sitting away from my body at the neckline. I pinned the shoulder seam at the neck edge to fit, altered the seam on the machine and transferred the change to the pattern.
Below is a photo of the fit after this adjustment, it still sits up a little at the neckline, but I'm hoping the binding on the final garment will help with that!
I have quite a short torso so sometimes I have to alter the bust height on a top but I think it is ok here. It is perhaps something to think about in future if I want to remake the top.
The final adjust I made was to the sleeve - adjusting the bicep width. I am by no means muscly, but the sleeves seemed to be quite tight and pulled a little during extreme movement, so I thought I should add in a little extra room. Below is my attempt to alter the pattern following the sewalong instructions, so we shall have to see how it turns out on the final garment!
Next stop - cutting out the main fabric, I can't wait!
Kim is a textile artist based in Portsmouth. She studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a textiles teacher. She combines the two disciplines to create retro inspired fabric artworks and playful images of pop culture.