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Tuesdays with Gertie: Pattern Modifications

This year I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make perfectly fitted bombshell dresses. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

This week in the Perfect Fit Bomshell Dress Crafsty course, I was to take our muslin modifications back to our pattern. Right now I’m leaving the cup pieces as is (for a bit of the backstory, read my posts here and here), but I may have a few other seamstresses help me check the fit this weekend at a Fit Clinic held through the Bay Area Sewists Meet Up group (as long as I can get up the courage to try on a wee bit of a bustier bodice in front of strangers!).  The big modification that I made is to add a lot of length to the bodice. This pattern is short on most from what I’ve gathered from the class, but it’s even worse on me because I’m a bit long waisted.  I checked the fit by holding the pieces up to me and my dress form, checking to make sure that the bottom of the pieces now hit right at my natural waist.

Next week is a big week – we’ll finally be cutting into our fashion fabric!

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5 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Gertie: Pattern Modifications

  1. Yay! You’re making so much progress! The fit clinic sounds amazing! One of the reasons I haven’t started on the bombshell dress is that I don’t have a dress form and I feel bad constantly asking Blake to pin me into a half-finished garment, check the fit, repin, etc. He starts to stress out because he’s afraid he’s doing it wrong and I start to stress out that I can’t tell what’s actually going on… can’t be good for relationships, right? 🙂 I’m so glad that you’ll have a chance to get some feedback from other sewists! Really looking forward to seeing the fashion fabric come together!

    1. This is one of my reasons, as well. Poor Ryan starts to stress, then I’ll suggest a different method, and then… He’s a trooper. But I really need to break down and buy a form or pad out the GAP mannequin.

      1. Same here! I have to admit that buying a dress form is intimidating– I don’t really know which one would be good to buy and padding one out to match my figure seems so tricky!

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