I am currently waiting on my Ziggi Jacket zipper to arrive in the mail, so I thought I would test out the Carmine Shrug. This Cake Pattern jacket looks so adorable in the drawings, and I eagerly snatched up the paper pattern and waited for it to arrive!
Unfortunately, I struggled and am still struggling a great deal with the fit and pattern. I finally ignored the written instructions and just pieced it together. Once I made one, then two muslins, it still fit so unpleasantly I was surprised. So I sent the photograph below to my pal to see if I needed the gusset at all in the Shrug version. She said I was putting it together correctly. I got a nice tweet back from Steph (The Consulting Dressmaker and pattern designer) who said she is writing up some posts about the pattern soon. I am hoping they will shed some light on possible fittings complications.
I dare say the shrug doesn’t fit the way I expected. It has a unique construction to the garment, creating the shrug in three pieces (body, collar, gusset) and it is rather complicated to adjust the curve of the arm, bust and shoulder when it is just one piece of fabric. I have it in my head to take a sweater pattern I already own and copy the idea of the shrug, using a T-shirt front and back and sleeve, then redrawing the front with the collar. I will post the before and after pics if I can get this done to my liking.
Poor self taken photos to try to show the strange fit. This is a straight up size 40″ (my high bust is a 39″ and full bust 44″.)
This picture above kinda of shows you how small the shrug is. I don’t think it covers my bra strap completely in back, and has some weird extra fabric around the shoulders, center back.
This is the shrug with the sleeve pulled flat. You can see the curves of the pattern with the gusset wrinkled beneath the arm.
Again, this is the second one I made. I feel like I need to change the shoulder arm area but am at a loss as to what to tuck in, since it is just one piece of fabric. Have you made a Carmine Shrug or Jacket? Share with me so we can do this together!