Saturday, January 8, 2011
Butterick 4919: bodice muslin
I purchased this retro reissue pattern last year in the first flush of enthusiasm of buying 99-cent sale patterns when I was getting back into sewing. I don't know if this will look good on me or not, but I thought it would be fun to sew. It's a simple pattern with only four pieces (front and back bodice, bodice back facing, and skirt).
I cut and sewed a bodice muslin this week. One feature of this pattern is the long ties that are part of the back bodice piece that tie from back to front and then back again; being a cheapskate, I pieced these and sewed them together rather than cutting them on the back piece because I figured I could still get the idea of how this would fit. I needed to enlarge the waist, but because this dress has no side seams I couldn't figure out how to do this other than adding onto the ties (back piece) and the ends of the front pieces that wrap around to the back and attach with hooks. Also, I didn't sew the waist darts on the back. I think this worked, judging from how this fits onto my dress form. However, I know I need to do an FBA, but I'm trying to figure out how to do this with a pattern with no darts and no side seams. The dart control is in the gathered front shoulders.
Here's the front on the dress form. You can see how it pulls and gaps across the bustline; it also looks like it gaps out at the underarm area.
Any advice is welcome!