Since pin-fitting the tissue paper pattern for the tunic top was a hilarious debacle, I opt to go straight to fabric for this one. I double-check the measurements to make sure I am cutting the right size, then cut away.
Then I use practically every pin my sister has to pin all the seams, excepting only the underarm ones so she can get into the garment. I also forebear to pin the back darts, since I know her back will be different from the pattern's recommendation. Once she's in the garment, I pin Center Back, the side seams, and Center Front to her camisole to keep these points from shifting when I make my adjustments. The first adjustment is the back darts; they end up being higher and more angled than the pattern called for. An easy alteration, and the back is done! The front looks okay, with enough room for the bosom. The front hem is standing out a little from the belly, but when she lifts her arm I see the problem is not in the front, but in the side panel.
Then, since I'm doing all this stuff while visiting her house and the visit is almost over, I pack it up with the other half-finished sewing projects and mail them to myself to finish them at home with my own tools and resources! I'll keep you posted!
(Did I mention I'm really excited about this pattern?)
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