With this one, I was stepping outside of my trusted boundary of basics. The goal was to create a stylish, feminine yet comfortable top. Fail.
I've tried it on and was unable to get it to hang properly. I adjusted and smoothed out the fabric, then smiled at myself in the mirror - well, because I do like the fabric. But, soon as I moved, it drooped again. I've been told that repetition is the mother of perfection. Repetition didn't help. Nor did smiling into the mirror.
Rescue efforts began by pinning the layers together at the front bodice seams. They were to be joined by topstitching to hopefully minimize the drooping. A positive move, but once back on the dress form, the tunic didn't cooperate any better than it had on me. And, that neckline cannot be overcome. Well, not without a major overhaul.
Usually, I interface and/or insert twill tape into a bias edge. The pattern instructions had it finished only with bias tape. I have been known to ignore printed pattern instructions and, so far, the pattern police have stayed away. So, I am not sure what I was thinking when I didn't include a stabilizer here.
Cleary, this edge needs to be stabilized more than what a bias strip offers. Bias edge plus bias strip equals the promise of stretching and lots of it. Including a narrow strip of interfacing, hidden by the bias strip, or twill tape, caught in the seam, would have helped. But I think that the neck edge would still not lay flat. The fabric isn't stretchy, but it is drapey. Can I blame the fabric? Being not so thrilled with the style, I am unwilling to surrender more fabric in order to find out.
It doesn't look so bad from the front. Turn the dress form sideways, though, and you see the source of my disappointment. How do you fix this?
The 403A was not at fault. It performed well, very well indeed. I didn’t realize, however, how much I depend on the stitch-in-the-ditch presser foot for understitching and topstitching. I haven’t seen vintage ones available for slant-footed Singers, though that could mean that I just haven't looked in the right place. New ones that would fit are offered on various sewing/quilting websites. I don’t care whether it is old or new – only that it works.
The tunic has joined my other fabrics destined for muslin use.