Remember this dress I was set out to make?
Well, I started out by working on the pattern alterations and did my normal FBA (Full Bust Adjustment, for those of you late to my party). This pattern comes with 4 different cup sizes for the bodice so I started with the largest one- and yes, I did think I needed more room.
Now that it’s done, I’m thinking of doing a plain muslin with the D cup bodice but altering other aspects of the pattern.
For instance, I somehow managed to make the dress both too large and too tight. It’s too large in the front because of the FBA I did. An FBA also adds inches to the front of your dress, which I thought I wanted but now that it’s done, I see it wasn’t necessary.
It also turned out to bee too tight in the armholes, which is probably because I used my High Bust measurement, giving me a snug armhole, which I like. However, with the added sleeve, I needed a little more room for my arm to, you know, move freely and stuff.
I cringe every time I look at this photo, so do be kind if you decided to make a comment or suggest a fix:
It’s so not flattering for an inverted triangle as myself to have this open of a top:
I’m gonna finish sewing the bodice lining to the skirt and then throw it at a second hand store. Is that mean? I think someone with a different body than mine might actually look good in this. Really.
So, why share this with you?
I did my first bagged-in hem. The easiest hem to do and so nice looking. Plus, the whole dress is lined. It looks nice from a seamstress point of view but not from a fit POV.
I like that I’m stubborn enough to go back to this pattern and work on it again and see if I can actually get it to fit right. I really need heavier weight muslin cos the stuff I have is a lot thinner and won’t behave the same as, say, this wool fabric I used.
Tomorrow I hope to pick up a book on grading patterns. I hope that reading helps me here, and with other vintage patterns I own.