Ick. The muslin is done, tried on and photographed. And it's icky. Don't you like my highly technical term? Here it is:
Maybe it's just me, but it's hard to get pictures where I want them in blogger. Anyway, ignoring the really ugly fabric combo and the fit issues, it looks like I have a padded upper torso in the front. Not flattering at all. And my fashion fabric is thicker than my muslin which is only going to exacerbate the look. The fit issues I think I could handle. First, there's a big flappy gap of fabric around the armhole which can best be seen in the back view. It also looks like a bit of a swayback adjustment is needed. The whole thing looks like it needs to be hiked up a couple of inches which is most noticeable around the waist. The side view is the most flattering and that isn't saying a whole lot. sigh.
During construction, I like to read through or skim directions and follow (or not). I had to actually read these carefully to figure out construction on the whole front. It did come together just fine, but I think the directions omitted some things like snipping to dots in order to do corners and some other finagling they had you do with attaching the lining.
I guess I should've known as I sewed along that the front was going to be bulky even if I used some lighter weight fabric as contrast it's still 4 layers... And then it just looks awful on me. A good thing for muslins, right? Now for Plan B. If only I had one...
I'll have to pull a Winnie the Pooh and put on my thinking cap on a Plan B using my nice silk crepe. In the meantime, I have a second dress I'd already planned to make. It's gotten great reviews about its ease of construction and flattering fit. More on that later.
Edited to add: Even dh said very carefully, "It makes you look...broad."