Third time is the charm

DSC03182The fit for the Bombshell bodice, that is.  It required some serious redrafting of the bra cup pattern pieces, though.  Here’s just a sample.  You can see the original seam lines traced in red, and my pattern adjustments in blue pen after fitting it to my makeshift dress form.  Once I trued up all my pen markings from the fitting, I transferred the new pattern shape to yet another DSC03185piece of muslin using tracing paper and a wheel.  I’ve actually never done any of this multiple redrafting of a pattern before in my life.  I’ve never actually sewn up such a fitted bodice before in my life, either.   I’ve always been a little intimidated by the challenges of fitting myself and all the redrafts that have to be done  on a seemingly endless basis to get a good fit through the torso.  I just have to remember patience, and remind myself that I like the process of learning and success at the end.

Anyhow, once I’ve traced the seam lines onto the new muslin, I’ll thread trace them all by machine and sew up the muslin for yet another fitting.   Hopefully it will fit well this time and I can go onto the next step of cutting the fashion fabric and underlining it. DSC03186

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.