I like fixing things, although you'd think I'd just do them right the first time, lol.
Last year I made an emerald green open robe, from the infamous Janet Arnold pattern. It was a mess - the back was too wide, the bodice straps too high, the shoulders pulled, the sleeves were too tight and the sleeve heads too shallow. UGH. I also thought I'd be Christmassy and face the thing in red bias tape, BLAH!
|The first version - eeeeew. Pulling and weirdness and blah|
I removed the sleeves completely, as well as the front bodice straps, and released the shoulder straps, resetting them at a sharper angle.
|New back details - re-set straps, short sleeves, curvy strappy bits, and buttons|
The sleeves were the real challenge - I had a little bit of scrap fabric left over, so I cut short sleeves intended to scallop slightly up to a point. I set them the 18th century way, to make sure they would indeed fit, with top stitching by hand over the shoulder strap.
|New sleeves, complete with button and tassel - I totally stole this idea from Maggie|
A few buttons scavenged from the original sleeves, and a couple tassels later, the thing is done and actually fits now, yay!
|Red Pemberlies, black ribbon rosettes and tassel shoe clips.|