I’m well into Gertie’s sewalong, and boy, am I learning a lot. The dress (Burda 05-2011-122) is quite fitted through the bodice, and I must confess that that is probably the only reason that I decided to take the course. I am a busty girl, and fitting a strapless bodice – or a fitted one, for that matter – is a nightmare waiting to happen.
Here’s where I am so far. I cut the bodice to fit my ribcage (chest) and waist measurements, knowing full well that there will be major pattern adjustments to get it to fit perfectly through the bust.
I have cut the bust twice. I have fit the bust twice. I do think I’ve almost got it nailed, but in the process I have learned two things:
1. Being larger than a B cup is a girl’s worst fitting nightmare, no matter how the DH appreciates the extra assets she carries around.
2. I really – and I mean really – need to spend the money on a proper dress form. Putting an undergarment on a vintage dress form and stuffing it into shape only works so well, y’know.