Jenny La Fleur
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jennylafleur
polonaise, Victorian style, here I come

LJ ate my post how rude!

Anyway. Yesterday was a bit of an "eh" day. In the morning I was distracted by the nice spring weather and Dad's work on the new fence then in the afternoon I had a slight attack of food poisoning. I was fine by bed time but it took a several hours of cramps and trips to the bathroom to get rid of whatever it was my body did not approve of. It made me really tired too.

Needless to say my productivity was not at it's peak but I did get some sewing done. I'm continuing to be wishy-washy about the trimming on the skirt so I turned my attention to the Summer bodice. I got the first mock-up cut, sewn and fitted. Due to my unfortunate DNA I did as much re-designing/drafting as fitting. I just can't leave a pattern alone, especially one that has been made up as-is as much as TV410. I was going to use this as the example for my Fitting class at CosCol but now I'm thinking not, too confusing I think.


(The first pic is the orginial pattern without any changes, the next two are after I finished futzing)

The fitting went well, mostly tweaking the things that are standard tweaks on TV patterns for me. The front fit relatively well but the back was way too short. Even factoring in a slightly high waist the back pleat was way too high for me. Weird. That whole sort-of-dart-instead-of-side-seam thing didn't work well for me either (didn't think it would, being so hippy) so lots of futzing there. Probably the biggest change was to shift the angle of the bottom front. I decided I wanted it to button to the waist then angle back slightly. I’m hoping to adjust the darts for a prettier sweep back and to avoid awkward bunching at the hips. Frankly I'm hoping to make it more like the illistration than the actual pattern...

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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: April 22nd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Interesting about the back pleat, I wonder if it depends on your bustle? I could imagine some of them pushing up enough that the back pleat would have to be quite high. I didn't have a problem with it but then I add at least 1" in length to every pattern because I'm so long waisted. Looking forward to seeing it come together, I think it will be lovely in the blue check.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Could be, my bustle is nowhere that high though. Adding an 1" in length seems to have done the trick... it's just strange when i didn't need to add an 1" to the front... or maybe I did and didn't realize it?
fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: April 22nd, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Aww... I'm sorry, that sounds awful with the food poisoning.

The bodice looks really great after the changes you made. Excited to see this :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah the food poisoning wasn’t much fun, definitely not how I planned to spend my day!

Thanks!
saharazara From: saharazara Date: April 23rd, 2011 12:17 am (UTC) (link)
Very, very excited to follow this as this is the pattern I am using on my next bustle dress. I, too, am wondering about the bustle issue with the back, as bauhausfrau mentioned.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 23rd, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Well based on my B&W bustle top this one was definitely too high. Adding an 1" in length seems to have done the trick... it's just strange when I didn't need to add an 1" to the front... or maybe I did and didn't realize it?
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