Persevere, persevere, my dear

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.DSC03180

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.

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2 thoughts on “Persevere, persevere, my dear

  1. I can’t wait to see the finished dress. And, though I am not a large cup, I know from my friends struggles that it’s hard to dress, RTW or sewing, until you’ve aced the FBA issues. I think you’re experience will be informative and valuable so thanks for posting.

    I’m considering the bodice of this very dress pattern for a long-line bra. My fit problems are due to being Petite and having narrow shoulders. I would love to make a dress with a bare or low back but where to find the right bra? Enter Burda.

    1. Now that is a great idea. I’ve been wanting a longline bra, too, but because I’ve never been able to find a RTW one that fits comfortably because I’m petite through the torso. What a great idea for this pattern!

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