I’m still working on the bustier for my bombshell dress. I needed to redraft the cups yet a 5th time. I’m really having a lot of trouble getting this to fit the way I want it to. The centre piece of the bodice should lie flat against my breastbone – and it’s quite happy to do that until I get the cups in. HA! So I redrafted the cups a 4th time – I actually had to add width across the centre bust point – in order to get the CF to lie flat properly. But it was a little too much!
So here I am again, re-drafting them a 5th time. I’ve decided to make the entire bustier and finish it properly with the lining, padding (for shaping the cups) and spiral-steel boning this time. I’m curious to see whether the 12 channels of boning that are supposed to go into this bustier will help the bodice stay close to my ribcage or not. The goal, frankly, was to have a bustier that did not require undergarments. This may be impossible, but I’m still forging ahead. My rationale? If it doesn’t work as a strapless garment – y’know, sags, pulls away from the breastbone or whatever – there are several strap options that just may add that extra “keep in place” help that this thing needs – on my body, anyway. So stay tuned. I’ve not re-drafted and remade so many muslins for any garment EVER. And when I get the fit just right, it’s going to be a good foundation pattern for any number of garments.