Yes, I know it’s not all pastel-ly like a Spring dress should be, but HEY, I started this dress last month. Who knew it would take me this long to finish it. Besides, I love fall colors.
Okay, so back to the dress. This pattern is SO SIMPLE. It should NOT have taken me a month to make it. And it didn’t. I got frustrated with the alterations and put it aside. Now I didn’t expect it to fit right out of the envelope. I knew I would probably have to do an FBA (full bust adjustment) and sure enough, I did. Actually the whole front bodice was too small, stopping about mid-chest. The girls were barely covered. Not only that, but the shoulders were too wide. I’d cut a size 18 based on my upper bust measurement so the shoulders being too big didn’t surprise me.
Alterations – Narrow the shoulders and do an FBA.
Now I’ve seen lots of posts and tutorials on FBAs, but they all were bodices with either a dart or princess seam. So I went to Google and spent a LOT of time searching and reading and searching and reading. I finally thought of searching for FBA on a “wrap dress” and came upon a comment on a blog (sorry I don’t remember the site). This was a name I recognized from the 12 Jackets a Month project. I decided to give her suggestion a try.
I measured from where the bottom of the bodice stopped to under my bust. I marked the distance on the tracing paper taped to the bodice pattern. Then, starting from that mark, I drew a curved line tapering back up to center front and a matching curve tapering to the side seam. The back bodice length was fine so I did not alter it.
I cut a new front bodice from this adjusted pattern piece. Then stitched it together following the directions and then basted it to the back bodice – attached the top to the skirt and tried it on. Granny boobs! Darn it! Now I had TOO MUCH fabric. SHEESH! Not only that, but something was going on with the middle of the bodice. (I should have gotten a picture.) Too much fabric in the bust area and not long enough at the center front. Back to the cutting table.
Take an inch off the bust adjustment, add a 1/2 inch to the center front.
Attach to skirt and Viola! FINALLY something that looks similar to the pattern. At this point I’m ready to cut into the fabric whether it fits or not.
The sewing went really fast once I got started. I’m not real crazy about the ribbon that holds up the yoke piece, but I like how the dress feels on. There were some hits and misses in the beginning, but in the end, I think it turned out pretty nice. I’ll have to try the short sleeve version for the summer.
Have you ever given up on a pattern only to struggle through it and then love it? Tell me about it.