Once I made little darts, tucking in the spare fabric, the area laid flat.
The bodice needs to be raised a half inch as well - rather scandalous as is!
I tried to pinch out that fabric on the pattern, and made yet another muslin of the bodice, but this "alteration", if you can call it that, made the front bodice piece shorter, and it became too short to ease into the side bodice piece. Argh. Despite scouring Fit For Real People, I'm not yet sure how to fix this one.
Combined with the extra width at the waist (big thanks for your help on figuring that one out!), this project is becoming quite a pain. I became stressed out and sad whenever I walked into my sewing room and saw the pile of fabric.
I'm going to have to put it aside for the meantime, because I have to make a Christmas dress for upcoming holiday events. I had a pattern in mind, until I saw the Presserfoot.com ladies' idea for making this Milly dress with a Burda pattern:
I couldn't stop thinking about it! I almost ordered the gold lace, but spotted this Carolina Herrera copper fabric at Emma One Sock, and fell in love. The fabric's on its way.
This will be my first foray into sewing with Burda patterns. I am concerned about sizing, and was even trepidatious about downloading and printing the pattern, but that process was painless. The dress printed onto 25 pages (I used the backs of scrap paper) and the pieces are taped together matching numbers printed on each page. So easy!
I'm first going to muslin this dress too, but with essentially only 2 pattern pieces, this one should be stress-free. I hope?