Monday, May 3, 2010

A fitted Perfect Dress muslin. Finally.

I apologize for having had the lamest blog ever lately.  I have made 4 or 5 muslins of McCall's 5753, the potentially Perfect Dress, and I didn't want to keep posting sob stories of how it didn't fit.  I had achieved a good fit on the bodice a few weeks ago, but when I attached the skirt, it had issues:


There was extra fabric above my derriere, and the bodice suddenly was big again. 

I took some time away from it, cut some new patterns, and went back to the dress.  I took the sides in slightly under the arm, tapering to the original waistline (size 12 waistline, which fit; so under the arm is about a size 10). 

But most importantly, the instructor at the sewing studio I've attended suggested that I make the 4 back skirt darts slightly wider (in light blue marker below) to add more three dimension to accomodate my more 3D than average derriere:



And it worked!


Ok, the darts really need to be pressed, but I think this is the one.  The top wrinkles should even out when the lining goes in, as they did in the top photo (the yellow bodice in that photo is lined).

Sadly, I am insanely happy about this dress finally working out.  I really need to get a life!  I envisioned so many iterations of this dress that I was crushed at the thought of it not working.  I'm also pleased that I'm learning how to fit.  I finally purchased Fit For Real People, and am beginning to feel that I could attempt some of the alterations on my own.

I cut the lining of the real version of this dress, which I will hopefully be able to put together by next weekend.  Stay tuned for what might be The Perfect Dress!

23 comments:

Lisa said...

Your final muslin is looking perfect . I am looking forward to seeing the final product .

Peter said...

Congratulations, Rachel! It looks great.

Mz. Whitney said...

Don't be sad about being happy, silly! Fitting has always been an enormous stumbling block for me too. Now that you've figured out your basic adjustments, you'll find it so much easier to attack other patterns, or make a million versions of one perfect dress!

Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

I am a beginner to sewing and frustrated with how long it takes to actually fit a dress. I don't have a dress form yet. It is encouraging to see others get through this process. Look forward to seeing the final product.

Anonymous said...

Amazing how much better it looks now! It looks as if your perseverance has paid off and you will have a go to pattern.

Julie said...

The Palmer & Pletsch books and DVDs are fantastic. I can finally make sense of my fitting problems.

Eugenia said...

That muslin is looking really good, in fact it's looking perfect! Congratulations - it will be worth all your hard work because the dress is going to look, and feel, wonderful.

amber said...

YAY! It looks fantastic! :)

Andrea said...

Your muslin is looking great. I can't wait to see the final dress. Hey, all that hard work is going to pay off big time.

K.Line said...

Truly excellent work. I totally don't have your patience. Now I think I'm going to have to put darts into that sack dress I made. They're working so well for you...

Karin said...

It looks great! I am looking forward to seeing your dress in the actual fabric.

Angela said...

Yay! It looks fantastic! Great job!

Leslie V said...

You are a true sewist. I think I would have never picked up that dress again! Matter of fact I have dresses that I cut wrong and they are still in the bins waiting for me to return to them.(not) But, you have learned a lot and the dress lots great!! Looking forward to seeing the finished garment.

gwensews said...

Your persistence paid off. Congratulations on not giving up!

lorrwill said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's hear a cheer for fitting success!

Fourth Daughter said...

What a logical and technical approach to fitting problems... probably a lot quicker and more reliable than my "try it on inside out, pin it, get scratched by pins while taking it off, get irritated that it still doesn't look right" method!

~Sherry~ said...

It does look great - congratulations! It really is worth perservering.

If after pressing the skirt darts still bubble, you could contour them slightly inwards exactly where your body curves in - not everyone is a straight line here!

It is easy to stretch a curved CB seam when inserting the zip - I wonder if this is what happened on the yellow toile, as the CB waistline dips downward slightly. If so you can prevent it happening again by fusetaping the seam allowance.

Looking forward to your end result!

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Sad? Are you kidding? You got the dress pattern altered to fit YOUR body. This calls for a celebration. Congrats and I can't wait to see your dress. I think I'm going to seek expert help for fitting also because my blouse is just not working for me. Again, Congratulations.

Karin said...

Ofcourse you are happy. That last muslin is a perfect and beautiful fit! I can't wait to see all the variations you are going to make with this dress. I'm sure it's going to be wonderful!

littlecottondresses said...

The whole process of fitting really, really sucks, but once you get the result you want, it feels incredibly gooooooooooood! Just make sure your body stays.exactly.the.same so you don't have to do fitting ever again :)

Removalists Australia said...

Awesome! Finally you made it.
Congratulations and job well done.

Maria said...

Thank you for posting the muslin fitting details! I know it's a bit of a drag to document this stuff, but it's so helpful for those of us who are new to sewing!

ajs {of MN} said...

just found this blog, super cool! i must follow, thanks! i also love sewing but all i have time for is halloween- where me and a friend of mine spend hours making our costumes each year, LOVE the reward and satisfaction of making my own personal costume!