Du Barry 5767 progress

 Hello one and all!
I hope your week is going swimmingly. Mine is! I have a job interview this afternoon and I'm unusually calm. I'm kick ass at interviews, so I'm not worried about that, but good impressions are everything and if I make one, I'll start tomorrow! Squeeee!!!

But onto sewing stuff. 



I finally finished tweaking the bodice of the pattern. It was a tough one and I didn't think it would be. The way the band of the front center wraps around makes the top of the bodice to run short, especially if you have big boobs. Add to that the panels is supposed to be straight across, even though the side front pieces are curved, and you are left with adjustments for  days.

As you can see on #1 the front is way too short!

On my first mock up, I made the bodice too short and the side panels of the front were cutting right beneath my nipples! Um, no. I adjusted the pattern as I needed to and realized I also need to extend the front piece. 

That line is where my waist is on this #1. No ease and seam allowance!

It's an awkward shape and totally not a fabric saver. But I guess if you don't mind piecing (raises hand), I could make the cuts in it something funky.

Moving on...

I was at a crossroad. I could take this set of alterations at its word and start a dress, or I could do a second muslin, something I rarely do. Now, I have some amazing fabric that I've had for years that I don't have enough of to finish it's original project and I so want to make this dress with some of it, but I also want to make sure I don't make this job tougher on me than need be.

I curved the front bodice piece a bit more on this #2. 
I angles the shoulder more so its centered better for my body.
The back of #2 is great!
As usual, a small armhole alteration.
I did a second muslin, and I'm glad I did. This one fits great and now I feel confident in making that special dress (which could rival the Gardenia Dress) and a slew of day dresses.

I know! That blip about rivaling the Gardenia Dress, really!? Really!!? Yes. It could and just may. And will probably take just as long to make as well.

I'll keep you all posted.

8 comments:

  1. I am so impressed with you!!
    I wish I could sew for myself but I do for others more than I do for myself. I supposed having my own "fitting assistant" would be a great start.
    Time to make my dress-form look like me, chub and all!

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  2. Congrats on the interview, Shelley, hope it went well!

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  3. It did! I got the job! Yay! Thanks!

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  4. Congrats on getting the job!! Hurrah!

    And as a large boobed person myself, I'm following the alterations on this pattern with great interest! I have a similarly pieced 40s pattern which I have yet to make because I've been afraid of the problems in the chest area and getting all the pieces to fit together where they should... I'll be consulting this post when I make it!

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  5. So glad you got the job. Looking forward to seeing the dress.

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  6. I saw no post on Friday so was hoping that meant you got the job - Hooray for you!
    Good call on the second muslin, too. I have DD bust but a narrow back and a short waist. Muslins are not debatable for me. ;)

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