After our first fitting, I identified the changes that needed to be made to C’s rehearsal lunch dress:
1. Remove the big chunk of fabric I pinched out of the neckline from the bodice and the neckline band.
2. Add some more ease to the bust (and shorten the bust darts).
3. Shorten the whole bodice.
The second and third adjustments are cake; I’ve done them a million, bajillion times. I have that shit down pat. The first part is not something I’ve dealt with a lot.
So, I started off by shortening both the front and back bodice by 5/8″, and then I added another 1/2″ to the bust via an FBA and rotated the resulting side dart into the shoulder gathers.
Then, I got to the excess I pinned out of the neck and I just kind of…stared at it for a bit, whilst a feeling of dread and panic filled me. It was a three dimensional bit of fabric that needed to be removed, and I needed the dang pattern to be one flat piece!
After a bout of the “f*ck its” I decided to measure what I had pinned out and take that amount off of the BOTTOM of the bodice front overlap. Was it really the right thing to do? Maybe. Probably should’ve pinned out the excess at, you know, a seam, in the first place. Was I sure it would work? Heck no.
Here’s the result:
The “f*ck it” approached seemed to work out pretty well, right? Yes, except by just chopping off the offending chunk of bodice, instead of properly shortening it, the waist seam of the bodice doesn’t quite meet the edge of the skirt overlap. But, it’s cool…that’s nothing slapping another 1/4″ onto the waist seam and truing into the neckline can’t fix.
I have to admit that something still seems a little off to me about the bodice, but I can’t put my finger on it. However, it fits much better in the back, bust, and especially at the neckline, and C. has told me she thinks it looks good, and doesn’t feel too big or small (AKA is comfortable!) so I’m going to call it good and begin work on the final product.
My personal deadline is to have the whole thing done by May 5th, but it needs to be done by the 10th. Wish me luck, y’all!