Thursday, July 31, 2014
V8571: Damage Control Mode: What would you do?
It's too big and the bodice is too long.
Here you can see how much lower than my bust the dress bustline is....
Tonight I finally basted the skirt to the bodice, sewed the side seams and discovered two issues:
1. The bodice length is too long! The gathered bodice is almost 2"-ish below my bust line. When I pinned the bodice on my dress form, and even looked at it on myself, I had not noticed these issues before....but now that the skirt is on it's really obvious.
2. I prematurely bound the armhole, thinking "I'll just finish it off when I sew the side seams".
Um, no, that is not going to work. The side seams need to be finished and then the armhole needs to be bound.
So, I got out my binder clips and clipped the shoulder seam up an inch, and it looks a lot better but then the armholes are not deep enough.
There's a sway back issue too but since there is a horizontal back seam, that's easy to fix.
Overall the dress is probably a size too big on the bottom, and possibly in the bust too. That would be easy to fix.
How to fix the too low underbust seam???
Plan A: Cut off the armhole binding, undo the facing at the shoulder seam, resew the shoulder seam with additional 1" SA, resew the facing in that area. Fine tune the fit in the bodice and along the side seams. Rebind the armhole.
Pros to plan A: This raises the neckline so it is not as low. The armhole gets rebound and finished properly..
Cons to plan A: front and back are no longer symmetrical with an additional 1" SA so it's probably not as easy as "just sew it straight across". The shoulder width might be too narrow.
Plan B: Sew bodice to the skirt with additional 1" SA.
Pros: I don't have to mess with my facings at the neckline. The armhole is the same size as it currently is.
Cons: I still have to fix the shoulder seam binding. The neckline stays the same, which is a tad too low. Bodice and skirt at this seam probably wouldn't match.
Plan C: I have enough of this fabric that I could, cough cough, cut a new bodice, neckband and facings with basically the size 8 at the shoulder seam and size 8 neckline....
Pros: This would fix the majority of issues
Cons: Well, "throwing away" all the work I already did with the neckline facing, gathering the bustline so nicely, etc. And that was a lot of hours.
Which would you choose? Are there any options I haven't thought of???