After going to the trouble of making my own sloper, I promised myself to not let anything into my wardrobe that didn't fit. I am tired of tugging and pulling on my shirts and dresses to get them arranged correctly on my body all day long. Easy promise to say, but hard to implement.
This is Sew Serendipity's Dress from Kay Whitt's book, Sew Serendipity. I did have a head start on this dress, I had made it before. It fit well, but I had some shoulder and back issues with it. (I have sloping, uneven, and forward rotated shoulders.) The first dress ended up having about 1 1/2" of elastic gathering the whole sleeve at the neckline and a gapping front at the bottom of the bodice gathers.
|Sew Serendipity Dress|
|Amy Butler "Love" fabric|
|1st Sew Serendipity dress|
So, I started with the original pattern and added a full bust adjustment and adjusted the shoulder point forward in the sleeve.
Second muslin, took out some of the fullness in the bodice.
Third muslin, Took out fullness in the shoulder area and back.
Fourth muslin, took a dart in the armseye and and added length to the sleeve cap.
Fifth muslin, seemed pretty good! Bust points are in the correct location, shoulder points match and all the grain lines were straight.
Sew Serendipity dress from the book, Sew Serendipity.
(Great pattern, don't be scared by my need for perfection.)
Amy Butler "Love" print from my favorite "fabric eye candy" stash. I kept thinking something would turn up to add as an additional print for this dress to break up the print, but could not find anything that looked good with the plum. So, I used the print by itself. It looks a little plain, but a string of pearls added a little distraction.
After five muslins, I could sew this dress in my sleep.
I was excited after the fifth muslin, I had a good fit. I cut out the dress and sewed it up to the point I could try it on and IT WAS WAY TOO BIG in the bodice and skirt. So, I debated and sulked and then took out the front bodice (mind you there is a side zipper.) Cut a new front bodice (Number 6, if you are counting). Put it back together. STILL TOO BIG. So then I added a bust dart to the arms eye and called it done. In the end, I think it was the fabric that kept stretching as it was sewn. (Lessons learned.)
I wore the dress today and I never once tugged or pulled on it. It fits well and never moves out of place. SUCCESS!
I have a better feel for what a raglan sleeve pattern piece looks like for a person with sloping, uneven, and forward rotated shoulders.
I have returned to Joann's to buy another bolt of muslin.
One might say I am patient or stubborn depending on how much you appreciate this fitting exercise.
I changed the pattern pieces dramatically. You can see the changes below:
|My pattern back compared to the real pattern.|
|My pattern front compared to the original. It has been redone so many times the tissue is totally reinforced by tape.|
|My sleeve compared to the real pattern piece.|