Today, Phyllis and I did the heavy lifting with our dress form doubles. Yesterday we cut them out and sewed them up, today was the pinning and fitting to our bodies. We both used commercial fitting patterns as the base pattern. Mine is the Vogue fitting shell; Phyllis’ is the Butterick. They are pretty similar, but the Vogue has different pattern pieces for B/C/D cups. Yay! I started with the D, size 14. It’s reasonably close, but here you can see the pin-outs we had to do to eliminate all the ease and make it skin tight.
The changes we made to the front include letting out the waist at the side seams (sigh…), taking the torso in at the side seams, adjusting for square shoulders, removing length from the chest above the bust, pinching a dart out between the bust, taking ease out of the upper chest at the center front seam.
On the back, we only needed to take a big pinch out of the middle back. I’ll let Phyllis share her adjustments.
After we did all that, I cut the pieces apart and created a new pattern, truing up all the lines and re-drawing the darts where necessary. I cut another muslin, which I’ll try to sew up this week. I’ll also drape an inner cover for my dress form. Then Phyllis and I will get together again, check the fit and if all looks good, we’ll cut it our doubles of the final fabric and commence with the stuffing. So that’s where things stand. How was your weekend?