October 20, 2012

Third time's the charm?

I'm starting this on an unrelated note. I guess you can say I've been a little distracted with this whole wedding planning thing...it seems that both my blogoversary (6 years? Whaaaat?) and post #700 have passed me by with no notice. Um, yay me?

Anyway. I (finally!) had some time to sew today--I really wanted to work on this some yesterday, but I was thwarted by a co-worker who didn't bother to show up for her shift, and ended up losing the three hours I otherwise would have had due to a last-minute lesson cancellation. Grr. So I started with some fresh paper and the original Cambie pattern and went back to square one.

Bodice Front 3.0

This is what I ended up with this time. There was a lot of cutting and taping involved--I added the side dart with the FBA, but it was too low, so I had to raise that higher, too. And that scribbled-out side of the vertical dart was my attempt to avoid what happened with the first bodice from over-wide darts.

And the result?


Dress Bodice 3.0
I think, this time, it actually worked! It's still not perfect, obviously--I'm probably going to have to do some kind of swayback adjustment, the neckline gaps a bit, and I may have just a little too much room in the front near my waist. Plus there's still that saggy back armhole thing going on. But, on the whole, this is most definitely a better place to work from than the previous two bodice fronts! I did already make one change from the pattern-- the side ended up being too long to line up with the back side seam, so I increased the new side seam dart until it was the right length (I think about an extra 3/4" from the original line I'd drawn). I'll have to go back and thread-trace that at some point.

3,0 sleeve alteration
I've already made a few small tweaks, at least to one side of the pattern for comparison purposes. As you can see, the front sleeve isn't gathered anymore--I swapped it out with the lining piece, because I figured it would be easier to alter a piece that's supposed to be gathered anyway than it would be to figure out the right width on the flat piece. I've come to the conclusion that I don't want the sleeve to hang off the edge of my shoulder, because I just don't think it will look right in the lace. So I've marked the outer edge about 7/8" further in and tapered it down from there. (I'll have to straighten that one line out.) I also took a small wedge out from the inner edge of the sleeve to try and combat the slight gappiness of the neckline, about 1/4" tapered down to the original stitching line.

Aside from that, I'm going to wait to make further adjustments until I have a better idea of what effect the skirt will have on it. I did manage to get the waistband basted onto the muslin today, but I still have to entirely trace out and thread-trace the skirt pieces before I can go any further with this.


Previous wedding dress posts::
Tracing out the pattern
FBA attempt, part 1
FBA attempt, part 2 (with diagonal tuck adjustment)
FBA attempt part 3 (Bodice 2.0)









6 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear that the bodice is shaping up :)

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    1. Me too-- it's so good to finally feel that I'm making some progress on this thing!

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  2. Ooh, this is coming along nicely! Happy blogiversary!

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  3. That's getting so close! It'll be interesting to see what difference the skirt makes on the bodice. I'm so keen to start work on my skirts, but I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon, what with an interstate move looming in a few weeks.

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  4. it's looking so good! Happy 6th anniversary!

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