I *just* finished putting together the first muslin of my blazer, and I’m not quite sure what to say about it. I’m looking at the pictures, I’m pondering, I’m scratching my head. It’s not horrible, but it’s definitely not good either. I guess this is why you make muslins in the first place, huh?
A few things that I noticed right away, in the 15 minutes or so that I stared at myself in the mirror:
- My blazer does not look like the pattern photo. Shocking. : )
- I made the shoulders too wide, but the upper back still feels too tight. Maybe my shoulders are a normal width, but my broad back starts below them? WTF?
- The jacket is too wide in the bust and way too wide in the waist, but not wide enough in the hips.
- The overall jacket length is too short. I cut the shorter version, but maybe I want the longer version (pictured above) after all?
- I like the added length in the sleeves. One good thing!
From the side: super boxy. I’d like some waist definition in the front and back.
From the back: I look like a football player! All I see in this picture are my huge shoulders. You can also see all the excess fabric in the back waist area.
Surprisingly, this side view looks pretty good. Somehow I managed to get some shaping in the waist that I didn’t get in the other side photo. Maybe I was pressing the fabric toward my body? At least this gives me an image to work toward, even if the shaping I’m seeing is not really there.
Hmmmmmm. Clearly this will require a lot more thought and some serious fitting. I’ll have to sleep on it and look at it with fresh eyes another day — right now it’s almost midnight, and I’m exhausted!
What do you think? Any advice on how to turn this into a great-looking blazer?