The 3/8" size was just right :) The buttonholes are slightly out of line though I took out and redid the worst offender. The buttonholer makes wonderful buttonholes but is very hard to repeatedly line up straight. I had the same problem with a skirt. Maybe the interwebs will yield advice before my next attempt.
|The whole shebang, so far
|Side seam: doesn't match at underarm
|Back pieces ready for sleeves
Not a pattern issue, but the side seams don't match up at the underarm. The fabric must have stretched after cutting. I tried to be accurate with cutting and used a rotary cutter, theoretically to avoid this problem.
I also sewed the sleeve darts, seamed the sleeves and started hemming them.
I can't get the rolled hem foot to work (can anyone?) so am rolling it by hand. Maybe I'll play with the serger's rolled hem. Otherwise I'll baste the rolled hem then sew it by machine. The fabric likes to wiggle around under the presser foot--perhaps the Singer will perform better as it has adjustable foot pressure.
Remaining to do:
Resew part of a side french seam as I didn't trim close enough the first time
Hem: the sleeves, bodice front top edge, blouse body.
Finish gathering cowl to fit sleeves, insert sleeves front and back
I made belt pieces but am leaving them off since the blouse is nicely fitted without them
Wow, I'm really almost done! And excited to remake this in an appropriate, and manageable, fabric.
Also, the camisole was finished a few days ago: