Although she doesn't like the outcome, I think it looks great and I'm still optimistic for two reasons: she personally doesn't like the shift shape on her (whereas I do), and she doesn't like the busy print hiding the seam lines (which I can avoid, with the right fabric choice).
I've been trolling the internets for some ideas of what works and what doesn't; luckily, there are loads of examples of both 8498 and the reprinted 3833 online. Some of my favourites thus far:
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|Kayseri on Pattern Review|
OOOOOOoooh, border print!
But my favourite by far is this stewardess-esque lovely from Sharonsews:
That is sooooo very me. I would blatantly copy this in a flash if I had some medium weight red, white and blue fabrics. I don't. I have some broadcloth and some white sheeting, but I'm afraid that it it would be too flimsy. And I really wanted to work with what I had in my stash, since it is prodigious. Here are my whittled down choices:
Which leaves us with the red cotton. It is medium weight and has a kind of sponged finish to it. The best way I can describe it is like those faux finishes that people used to paint on their apartment walls back in the '90s. (Remember Debbie Travis, queen of the faux finish? Man, I loved her show The Painted House.)
Anyway, I'm not 100% sure that this fabric is the right choice, but hell, you can get away with a lot more red at Christmas than other times of year. Unless I run across a bundle of red, white and blue double knit at my local thrift store this week, I think I'm going with the red.
What do you think?