Wedding Guest Dress Update III: First Mock Up

This is the first mock up of the bodice and from just a quick test fit there is going to be a bit of tweaking that needs to be done. I'm long all over and I was using a standard bodice block that I drafted ages ago. I have one that I drafted to my own measurements but it's somewhere... To make this pattern fit better I'll have to:

  • modify the sleeve cap and add more room
  • lengthen the torso so that the waist hits at my waistline which is about an inch and some longer than my bodice block
  • seam the darts since I hate hate flappy darts
You can see how the back neckline lifts. It's an invisible dart that didn't quite get pivoted all the way into the neckline. The front neckline will lay flat once back neckline is corrected. At the moment they're each duking it out out for prime real estate.

You can see how the back neckline lifts. It's an invisible dart that didn't quite get pivoted all the way into the neckline. The front neckline will lay flat once back neckline is corrected. At the moment they're each duking it out out for prime real estate.

Tomorrow I'll cut this bad boy apart and add and take away where needed. I think I'll add gussets to the sleeve to make it more comfortable and then tweak the neckline so it's a bit more alluring. Fitting, for me, is the most frustrating yet mentally stimulating and rewarding part of the whole design process. One day I'll have a dress form with exactly my measurements and curvature and drape with wild abandon. Until that day comes I'll have to do many more test fits than I care to or I could, if I like myself enough, just draft a new set of bodice blocks from this pattern once I finish making the tweaks; aside from the neckline it is almost exactly a basic bodice. That would be the intelligent thing to do and I do like myself quite a lot.

Wishing you a happy Monday!

Truly,
Claire

P.S
If you're wondering why I didn't do the skirt it's not necessary right now since I'll be drafting it from the final measurements of the bodice . Plus, a circle skirt is about the easiest thing in the world to do and I'd rather spend my time fiddling with getting the sleeves and neckline just right.