Gertie’s Crepe Sew-along #2: Bodice Muslin Take Two

17 Dec

Crap! I basted my bodice together and photographed it in the last post before reading the instructions clearly. Thankfully a lovely commenter knitbunnie pointed out that I’d pinned the back wrap round to the side seams when it was only supposed to go just past the back darts. I hadn’t started making any changes yet so no time wasted, phew.

Here it is without any other changes aside from pinning it in the right place.

Gah! Now it’s too loose in weird parts that are extremely hard to pin out when you’re working by yourself. I am flexible but I don’t think I can pin out the excess at the back without dislocating something.

At the moment this is a 16 at the shoulder grading down to an 18 at the waist. I’m thinking about leaving the 18 at the waist and recutting the shoulders/bust as a 14 but adding an FBA. The FBA would also lower the bust point a little which wouldn’t hurt.

Dagnabbit, it’s moments like this that I realise how out of my depth I am when it comes to fitting. It’s partly why I signed up for the sew-along in the first place. But it’s okay, I can let my impatience and complete lack of attention to detail run wild with the quick party dress projects since the Crepe Sew-along runs at a slow and steady pace through January.

Deep breaths.

4 Responses to “Gertie’s Crepe Sew-along #2: Bodice Muslin Take Two”

  1. SewingbytheBook December 18, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    My muslin was also large in the back…well, it was large all over actually. I’m still in the fitting stage. I’m assuming that the fabric cutting tutorial will come next, but I may fall behind. I really, really want to get the fit right before I move on. 5 yards is a lot of fabric! I think I spent $40-$50 on mine for this dress. I’ve never spent that much on fabric before because I’m such a beginner. This is my first time fitting a bodice. I’d say that it’s equally exciting and frustrating. :) I can’t wait to see how yours turns out.

    • angie.a December 31, 2010 at 1:59 am #

      This is why I haven’t started mine yet! :D On the “bustier” girls who have blogged, the bag fit is a mess out of the envelope. I don’t have anyone to help pin out excess. poo.

      • lazystitcher December 31, 2010 at 4:41 am #

        Ugh… so true – I’ve attempted to pin out the back but I think I’m just going to have to take the ‘good enough’ approach ;)

  2. Sue January 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    It’s certainly hard to do fitting by yourself. Unfortunately it does look like you need the smaller size through the shoulder area. I have a similar sizing to you and I usually cut a bodice to my upper chest measurement, then do a broad back adjustment and an FBA.

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