Today, Phyllis and I got together to check the fit on our muslins. Phyllis already showed you an update in her last blog post. I ran up the adjusted muslin today. Phyllis did some tweaking for me on mine, and I tweaked her last muslin as well. Now we’re each ready to start on the final version.
A couple of notes about this body double. There is NO ease. None, nada, zip. We removed every bit of ease so we ended up with a garment that is skin-tight. It’s a rather depressing prospect to see what you look like with no body-skimming/lump-hiding ease built into a garment, but the point is to end up with something that you can use to fit said body-skimming, lump-hiding, ease-filled garments, amiright? So here’s what I ended up with. First up is a 3/4 view. Even after taking some ease from the center front above the bust point, it needed more, so Phyllis pinned that out. You can see that here. We also re-marked the neckline, because it was higher than I wanted. The new neckline goes to the hollow of my throat.
And here is the back view:
Well, there’s a case of reality slapping me upside the head. Two kids, middle age, and one case of breast cancer later, I’m not the hot young thing I still have in my mind’s eye. But I would rather be aware of what I am and how I look so I can find the right silhouettes for me. Yeah, that’s it!
After that, I cut the “real” version from a cotton chambray. Next step is to drape my dress form with its own cover, then pad out between the two versions with fusible fleece. Phyllis and I both were joking that this is a non-trivial project. If you plan to lose (or gain, for that matter) a significant amount of weight, do that before embarking on this effort. And I think you really need a fitting buddy to make this work. Besides, it’s much more fun to have a friend with you who can say, “Oh stop it, you look fine!” when you lament the lumps, bumps and whatevers.
More to come soon. I’ll try to do the dress-form cover this week, but no promises. It’s shaping up to be a cray-cray week.