Sunday, April 11, 2010

Now With Improved Fit!

After more muslins and attempted solo tissue fittings, I've finally achieved a decent fit on the questionably perfect dress.





So what seemed to work was pinching the fabric at the top of the pattern piece and a slight rounded shoulder pie-shaped adjustment, shown here in my last post.

I think the yellow bodice above is much better than the original, yikes!



There is stilla bit of poufiness in the back, but guys, I think I've gotten it as good as I'm gonna get it.  I'm sure a skilled seamstress could achieve a flawless fit, however I'm not a skilled seamstress!

I've fallen strangely in love with the bright sunflower colored textured cotton I used as trial fabric ($1.95/yd from fabric.com that I threw into an order to reach the minimum shipping amount), and I'm going to finish the dress with it to make sure the back fits with the skirt attached.  I question whether the skirt is a bit snug in the hips which was pushing up the bodice, causing more fit issues, so I want to test this.  After that, I'll finish the chino dress.

Hopefully I can complete the yellow dress soon.  It's been hard finding sewing time!  I'm on the Board of Directors of 2 non-profits, and my evenings have been busy with meetings.  I went home for Easter for 5 days, and am going to Chicago next week for work.... It's just craziness lately!

23 comments:

stitchywitch said...

I think it looks really good - I just finished a dress (the blue "mistake dress" on my blog) in that same fabric... it sews up really nice for being so inexpensive!

Sheila said...

You have definitely achieved a better fit and like the yellow fabric. Now you have me thinking ummmm do I have any yellow fabric :)

K.Line said...

What an impressive, phenomenal improvement! It looks fantastic. Keep on. I can't wait to see the finished product. And I can totally relate to being overwhelmed by other responsibilities and not finding time enough to sew...

~buzzybee~ said...

It is looking much better - it really is worth perservering isn't it?!
There a some tiny drag lines occuring at the lower back armhole when your arm is down - you might be able to scoop an extra 1/8 - 1/4" out of lower back armhole to prevent these occurring. If you still have the seam allowances on your muslin this could be what is causing it so don't do it if that is the case.
In the photos the narrowest part of your waist looks a bit higher than your muslin - I would check this too.
Otherwise great!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

That is a great improvement, good work sticking to it! Can't wait to see what the finished project will look like!

Victoria said...

Yeah, you managed to perfect the fit on the yellow muslin! Good deal. It's so tricky trying to fit on oneself. That's why I'm strongly thinking about getting a "Custom-made" dressform with my body measurements. I get tired of trying to fit my narrow shoulders and small back! Can't wait to see the finished dress!!!!

Eugenia said...

It's looking really good now - well worth the effort. I love that yellow fabric too!

patsijean said...

This looks great to me. One warning, make sure you have enough ease where the skirt attaches so that the waist is not too tight once sewn on. I love the yellow fabric. Yellow is finally coming into its own. It is a beautiful color.

Peter said...

Looking good, Rachel. Love that yellow!

gwensews said...

Oh yeh, you have improved the fit tremendously. Looks good. Sew on!

Angela said...

Ooo.. great job!

Faye Lewis said...

I really like the way it's looking now.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Wow. What a difference. That's great.

Marie-Christine said...

This looks really good indeed. But be careful that you can still raise your arms...

piccola samurai said...

This is really a great improvement! It fits perfectly! Good job!

amber said...

Oh, it looks so good! Congrats on getting such a great fit - you should be very proud of yourself. :) I'm also loving that yellow - perfect for spring and summer!

Clio said...

Looks great! Your persistence has paid off.

Lisette said...

Hey, awesome! It looks much much better and I bet you're pleased with it :D
One thing you might want to try is a shoulder dart (common in 50's patterns). Certain shoulder shapes will accommodate them really nicely.

lsaspacey said...

Wow, it looks perfect to me! Now remember to make the changes on the paper pattern pieces so you can transfer them to all your bodice patterns from now on. I'm still looking for that perfect bodice that I can use on everything.

Anonymous said...

I have had some of the same difficulties...!Fast Fit by Sandra Betzina, Fabric Savvy: The Essential Guide for Every Sewer by Sandra Betzina and Vogue Sewing Patterns have been very helpful. Also, I found that looking for accessories for my sewing machine have been helpful. (I found a plastic snap on presser foot that has a small metal piece on the bottom with a small hook...? I think it is actually an embroidery presser foot has made sewing on knits and sheer fabrics much easier and it's very helpful for topstitching) Using the sewing machine manufacturers accessories can also be helpful. I finally purchased the manufacturers zipper foot for in seam zippers. I have had the same problem with not having enough time to sew and my family not allowing me to sew. Now I take the time to sew! I think everyone has pay their dues and sew their 1000 hours to learn to sew well! I have met several people from the Northeast United States that are great sewers! You may want to find a local chapter Sewing Guild! Enjoy sewing!

Faye Lewis said...

I think the yellow one is a great fit.

Carolyn said...

I love that yellow fabric! Looks so sharp and clean. (the colour, I mean) I hope you get the time to finish it!

lorrwill said...

Okay girl, time for an update. How are you doing on this?