So I'm thinking I want to give Butterick 4985 another try and see if I can fine tune the fit a little bit more. Of course, I want to use a stash fabric to do it, but it's not as easy as it seems. I have a pretty big stash. There may be others out there with bigger ones, but mine is nothing to sneeze at. I have lots of fabric. But a stash fabric has to meet certain criteria before it can be chosen for a project.
1. It has to be suitable for the pattern. For example, B4985 calls for a lightweight woven fabric. I wouldn't use, say, corduroy, or a slinky knit for this blouse. Fortunately, my stash is full of light to medium weight woven fabrics. So you think it would be easy to choose one, right? Wrong.
2. This is technically a muslin. Yes, I already made it once with passable results, and I'm pretty confident that the changes I described in the previous post will make the top even better, but I'm not 100% sure. It could be a disaster. So the fabric I choose has to be one that I like enough to wear it if it's successful, but not one that I like so much that I will be upset if it turns out to be a wadder.
3. The fabric I choose has to be just the right cut. This blouse takes 1 and 3/4 yards of fabric. So I need to find a 2 yard cut in my stash. I don't want to use a 3 yard cut and have 1 and 1/4 yards left over still taking up space in my stash on the off chance that I may take up quilting again some day. I certainly don't want to use anything of which I have more than 3 yards. That's enough for a dress, and if I cut this blouse out of it, I'll no longer have enough for a dress, just enough for another blouse. And who wants two blouses out of the same fabric?
I'm probably making this much harder than it has to be. But luckily, I found just the right fabric! It's a coral "marbled" cotton that I had exactly 2 yards of. Perfect! It's in the wash right now. I should be ready to get started tomorrow!