Here’s the thing with my body and sewing. I fit standard patterns pretty well. My waist is thicker (thank you kids!) but that’s usually easy to take care of, either by grading between sizes or reducing the seam allowance at the waist area. No biggie. I fit a B-C cup so any pattern drafted for either doesn’t require much by way of adjustments. I still make muslins because well, you never know, right? Especially when you got some precious expensive wool for your Peony…
So I muslined my Peony. Even inserted an invisible zip! But wow, was that thing off. The smallest of the problems being the waist dart point that would not be steamed into submission. Extra fabric at the back. What? The upper front seamed to have some extra fabric happening too. Huh?
I asked for Mr. Mouse’s help and he tried. He really tried. He knows nothing about fitting so he did what he could. And I read all the fitting material I could get my hands on. Books and online. Stuff about Peony in particular. Lots and lots of blog posts. Lots. And we pinned that bodice. Try to make it fit right.
For my second attempt, I applied all the changes we’d noted. We’d shortened the upper bodice at the shoulder so I had to redraw the neckline. I changed the darts a little. Disaster. The fit was even worse. Back to the drawing board.
I took the original bodice pattern and moved the darts around, figuring I would deal with those first. Sewed up muslin #3 and tried it on. Had Mr. Mouse pin me up the back, nice and tight. The darts still weren’t good. I was about to move them around again when I decided to try the original muslin again.
Seriously? That original bodice? Still the best fit of the three I made. That pattern dart? It’s the one with the smallest bubble at the tip. The one I modified to be like Gertie’s gives me a better fit under the bust but more bubble action. Allow me to scream.
So what now? At this point, I’m not sure I can get a better fit. It isn’t bad as it is but I would really have liked it to be perfect, you know? However. Like I said, Mr. Mouse knows nothing about this and no one in my neighborhood sews. I don’t really have anyone who could help me with fitting. I think I’m going to give myself one more day to mess around with the darts and then get to work. After all, an okay fitting dress is better than no dress at all, right?
Right? Yeah, I’m going to go with that.
PS: Sorry about the lack of pictures. I’m just not doing the bathroom selfie thing. Just no.