Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Prepping Vogue 8810...the FBA

Like many of you I took advantage of recent Vogue pattern sales.  Among my purchases was this versatile shirt dress pattern, Vogue 8810.

Sitting in my fabric closet was a rayon challis that screamed "Me!  I'd be perfect for that summer dress! After all,  I have yellow lemons, and the word "Paris" printed all over."

Well, knowing that I could use yellow buttons I had purchased decades ago pushed me over the edge. Colorful rayon challis with lemons and Paris it shall be!

According to the pattern description - and the measurements printed on the pattern pieces - the bodice is loose-fitting. I wanted to keep as close to the intended design of the bodice as possible so I choose to do a full bust adjustment (FBA) even though I may have been able to get by without one.

With no darts on the pattern piece this is how I did my FBA.

Mark the bust apex.
Draw a line from the apex to the side seam approximately where a dart would be.
Draw a line from the apex to the armhole.
Draw a line from the apex to the hemline.
Cut through all the lines.
Place a pin at the apex, securing the pattern piece to the cutting board. 
Spread open the amount needed - I added about 1/2"

Close the side dart and pin in place.
Notice the bottom spreads open. 

Add length to the center front so the bottom edges match up.

Final step - tape tissue paper in the openings.

Because this design has a gathered waistline I choose to move the side dart I created to the waist where there will  additional fullness in the front.

Fingers crossed this will work I like I think it will!

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Friday, June 01, 2012

Free eBook features DIY women's dresses - from All Free Sewing

The latest eBook from the editors of allfreesewing.com, 11 Sewing Patterns for Women's Dresses & Other Pretty Projects, features two of my sewing tutorials.  Perhaps you recognize one on the cover....yep, it's my romantic strapless ruffled maxi dress.     You can find it on page 16 of the eBook.  The eBook is free and you can download a copy of the book here.

This maxi dress was a lot of fun to create. I'm happy that so many of you have mentioned that you really like it and have sewn it or sewing plans are in the works.  I do enjoy seeing your project photos, so please consider sending me photos or links so I can share with everyone.

By the way a variation of this dress will be available in Sew It All V. 4 magazine, scheduled to hit news stands around June 19.    It's super cute - so be sure to keep your eyes open for the magazine.


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