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    I’ve been working on a muslin for the Sewaholic Granville and I *think* I’ve got it to a point where it almost works. I would love to post some pictures for fitting advice, but I wanted to check if it’s Ok first, since it’s not a Leisl&Co/Lisette pattern. Would that be all right?

    Leisl&Co and Todd, this is your space, and if you want it reserved for strictly your products, I will find someplace else to ask and I will not be upset.

    That said, the advice here is wicked good, and I would love to take advantage of it.

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    I can’t see any problems with that Ellen. If you get ticked off, blame me 😉

    If you are nervous, perhaps post a link to a Flickr photo and people can comment on that?

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    Thanks Nicole!

    I’m linking to Flickr, because the pictures are big.

    Sewaholic Granville WIP - weird batwing in the armpit.

    Sewaholic Granville WIP - the front.

    Sewaholic Granville WIP. I like the back!  It's a smidge long, but I spend a lot of time writing on whiteboards with my hands over my head, so I like the coverage.

    I would love comments!

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    I didn’t expect them to show up here! But that seems convenient.

    I’m planning to make this blouse over and over – button downs are a wardrobe staple for me. Since I’ll be using the pattern a lot, I want to get the fit exactly right. I made this out of an old sheet, and there’s some inconsistency about right and wrong side of the fabric because I wasn’t making attention.

    Pic 1 is a weird batwing in the armpit. I’m looking for a way to get rid of that.

    Pic 2 is the front. I experimented with bust darts, and I prefer the one on the right. I think there might be a little gapping. I might be able to fix it with strategic button placement. But I might also need to put a little more ease in the chest, maybe by re-doing the FBA with a Y-adjustment to put a little more room in the upper chest? The FBA is my only fitting strategy right now – I might need to do something else?I’m tempted to use a 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of 5/8 and see if that fixes it. The front is a little longer than the back right now, and needs to be shortened. The armscye feels good. I will be grading the sleeve out a little at the upper arm, and shortening it by three inches.

    Pic 3 is the back. It’s not lying perfectly here because I didn’t press it before trying it on.

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    First tip from me, when I sew a muslin, I put my seams on the out side, easier to alter.

    #1 It appears you need to take fabric from the back piece, not the front. Unpick and move the back until you get the right fit, then pin and re-mark and trim to your new seams.

    #2 That bust dart looks pretty good and your front arm looks nice!

    #3 I wonder if you need to take a wee bit from your back sleeve shoulder and sleeve cap?

    I am no expert, just saying what I would do.

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