I could certainly have made a few more muslins before cutting into my fashion fabric for my mother's blouse, but since I paid $5 for this cotton print (at Metro Textiles), the stakes aren't very high.
Any tweaks I need to make I'll make to the garment itself. As you can see above, I've completed the two fronts, the yokes, and the back. You may recall that on the latest muslin, the back looked like this:
I added a full 1 1/2" to the back neckline. If there's too much, I'll trim. Better too much than too little.
I still haven't decided what kind of collar I want to add; I may just go with a narrow band. My mother generally doesn't wear shirts with collars and her neck is short.
Today, while trying on the muslin, she asked if I thought the print looked too young for her. I said, not at all. It's certainly not neutral, but I think it brings a lot of color to her face, don't you? It's cheerful.
Tomorrow I'll tackle the sleeves and hopefully finish it by Sunday.
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