Love your fabrics- this will be so fun!
Thanks Mymble ! I really just want to take and sew the whole thing together, but I know that I can't until I get the change in the fit figured out. It really is too bad that I have no idea what I'm really doing to make these changes.... stupid hips. :)
No- you are doing it the right way-with clothes fit is so important- everybody has to adjust patterns- not something known right off the bat- really great article in the current Threads magazine about adjusting patterns.
Great fit so far!! Looks wonderful! Loving that fabric!
Sariecherries I'm so excited about it. I wish you could have made it to #vcraftnite on Saturday. I'd probably have made more progress with your guidance. I hope you're feeling better.
Mouseinmypocket have you considered consulting with the historical clothing ladies here on Threadbias? This kind of bodice might be right up their alley:) Your work so far is excellent but I agree- the extra fabric/wrinkles would make me hesitate before going ahead with the actual fabric. It looks like the panels are too long between just under the bustline and the waistline. Also, since it's a top and not a dress you don't have the weight of the skirt pulling it down a bit as the dress would. I am also curious- is it possible to cut the bodice panels on the bias? It would give you a really snug fit - may not be a good idea for this but just wondering:) In any case- you have really done great work on this so far- know it will be a great finish:)
Mymble I didn't know there were historical clothing ladies here on Threadbias. I'll have to see what I can find.
You are way ahead of me on this (I have also signed up, but not started yet. Re - fitting of 3rd muslin. the horizontal lines are an indication of being a bit tight around the body. Some of these will disappear when it is boned, but not all. I also think that it is definitely too tight from the waist down, over the hips, this is why it is riding up a bit and giving you the larger horizontal pleat across the back. It looks like you have generous seam allowances, go to the side seams and restitch them 1/8" larger from the top to the waist and then a bare 1/4" down over the hips. Do the stitching first, then unpick the original seam. Do one side, then try it on to see how it feels, before you do the second side That way you can gauge if you need to let out more at the top or not. I think that you will over the hips. But once the seam is sewn, it is easier to re-align it by sewing first and ripping the one to come out second, than ripping the seam first and then having to pin and re sew. (Unless you have to take in/let out the fabric from one side of the seam only)
Interested to see how this works on you.
Posyp Thanks! I will definitely try that. I knew there was a reason I left large seam allowances on this one.
Mouseinmypocket Always leave large seam allowances in a muslin! ;) Draw the original pattern lines on to guide your first stitching lines and to give you a datum line to work from once you start altering and it is easier to keep track of what you are doing. When you go to mark your alterations on your master pattern, change colour pencil and date them so you can see which is the most recent one. I always date my patterns when I draw them up to keep track of things.
Sounds like Posyp has nailed it for you- all good info there! And I was about to send you the details about the Historical Clothing group when I saw you had already found your way there:))))-looking forward to seeing this progress!
Looks amazing!!! You are just moving right along!! Love it!
Looks so good. Thanks for posting all those process pics. Amazing!
Great finish-and the skirt looks super!
You look so gorgeous in that! I love it without any straps! However, if they attach with buttons, it might be nice to have the option on wether to use them or not. Great job!!
This is amazing and looks so good on you!
Well done, lady. Looks stunning on you. Yay!
Congratulations! It looks really good on you. Is it comfortable to wear? (I have to say I think it looks chilly to wear, but then we have just had a surprise load of snow in the last 24 hrs!)
Posyp it is actually very comfortable to wear, even with the boning, since it's made to my size and not some standard size, the boning just holds the shape of the top instead of squeezing me to a certain shape. And it was about 50 degrees out when I took that photo. We had a nice warm sunny day that day. I'm actually really wearing the top to work today, but I put a little grey cardigan over it for warmth and to tone the look down for the office.