Dawn posted some thoughts that I'd like to respond to.
- Why did I think the waist dart was too large? I thought it was too wide because the bust tip ended up with a very pronounced point.
- What if you rotate some to the side? I was afraid it would ruin the design of the dress.
- What if you make an armsyce princess dart? Never thought about this, and I've never done this. I'll need to practice this one to see how it works.
- The middle photo looked like there was more length above the bust and perhaps it would be better to have the extra length below. Good point - I hadn't noticed that or thought about that. I'm going to play with that adjusted pattern piece and see what happens when I move the extra length.
- You referenced page 158 of Fast Fit for Real People and suggested doing the alteration inside or or outside of the dart rather than through the dart. Okay, this scares me! Because I've never done an FBA that has not been right in the dart! Which means I need to try it to get over my fear right? After all, it's just a paper pattern.
Referencing Fast Fit for Real People I cut the pattern along the lines I had drawn, pulled the pieces apart, and added one inch. This resulted in a slightly wider waist dart and a side dart. I did have to lower the bust point so the waist dart is also shorter than the original. I left the pleats at the neckline alone.
Rather than tape the cut and spread pattern piece I retraced it with the FBA added. That way if for some reason this doesn't work, or doesn't fit, I can go back to the slashed pattern piece and try again.
And the ladies at the JoAnn's cutting table wondered why anyone would want a full bolt of true-grid.
Next step? Sew a muslin of the bodice to check the FBA as well as the width of the neckline. Based on the tissue fit, this neckline might be too wide for me. Pin It