I've completed the top half of the practice muslin for the February MAGAM Challenge and I think there might be something wrong with me. After reading other reviews for this garment on PatternReview.com - the majority of the people commented that the straps are a nightmare - I didn't think they were that big of a deal personally. I really think there might be something wrong with my sewing brain! Hopefully I won't mess up the straps on the actual finished product!
Here's a pic of the practice muslin of just the top portion (with yoga pants):
I used a size 12 for the bust and shoulder area and tapered to a 14 at the waist. I did need to pin out a little over 5/8" at the center front, which I will transfer over to the final garment. Other than that, I think it fits ok. I did make a small boo boo on the front strap (sewing from the notch instead of the dot), but I was able to still pin it together in the muslin to get a test fit. My birds are upside down on this front straps I know - I was trying to squeeze out the straps from the little bit of scrap fabric that I had and it doesn't matter here anyways.
Here's the side view. Doesn't look to attractive with that little bit of skin flapping over the front near the armhole. I was very surprised that it wasn't too high in the under arm area though.
Back view. I might deepen the darts a little more on the finished garment, but I'm not sure yet. I plan to fully line the entire dress and the weight of the skirt with the lining, might just be enough to even out those wrinkles along the back. Also - I plan to underline the top portion with white and line the top with a blue rayon lining fabric from the stash. The skirt portion will be lined with a white polyester lining from the stash as well. I did a test of the blue versus the white behind the main fabric and the blue was enough to just darken those Celtic knots a little too much - hence the reason for the white underlining. No big deal - just 3 more pieces of fabric to just out.
That's it for now - now I need to cut this puppy out and start sewing!
Happy Sewing Everyone!