Oh boy. My previous attempts at pattern tissue adjustment have been sorely disappointing. The few dresses I’ve made haven’t quite fit right in the chest. (Thanks Italian side of the family for the curves. And thanks Sister for your share of boobs too. Hear my sarcasm?)
I tried just once to do full bust adjustment, but gave up when I tore the pattern tissue apart. I was attempting to cut, spread and tape the actual pattern tissue, which really is just a disaster. I picked up a roll of this interfacing-feeling paper (google tells me its really Swedish tracing paper) at Denver Fabrics for like $8.
8 bucks well spent my friends.
My next dress is the Truffle, from the Colette Sewing Handbook. And instead of cutting up the pattern tissue, I traced the pattern (all markings too) with the Swedish paper. And cutting up the bodice, spreading the pattern and redrawing darts was so much easier with the Swedish paper than pattern tissue. I even
fucked * messed it up at first. No matter! I scotch-taped it back together and started over.
Who knows what this dress will look like when finished. I’ve omitted the flouce thing on the front to make it less dressy/more work appropriate. I scored this brown wool-looking blend from the bargain section of Denver Fabrics for an additional 50% off – 3 yards was about $7 – and I really don’t need 3 yards. Why did I buy so much? Then I tripled the cost of the dress by using Bemberg lining – I like how it feels ok? Even if its a beeotch to work with.
I’ve so far got the bodice and back darts sewn up for the dress and the lining. And yeah, Bemberg. You suck. But only when I try to sew you.
*i gave up swearing for Lent