Tuesdays with Gertie: Fitting the Muslin
This year I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make perfectly fitted bombshell dresses. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
This week I’ve sewn together the muslin of the bombshell dress bodice. I have to say I was surprised that it fit like a glove right out of the gates. My dress form doesn’t do it justice with all of the gaps needed to make the form approximate me. (Every now and then I think of covering this form, but then it’s so old and rickety that I like being able to get into its nuts and bolts to keep it just so. What I’d really like to do is to get a fixed form that matches me and then still keep this one around for adjusting when I sew for others. Anyway, that’s a tangent for another day.)
As far as fitting the bombshell dress bodice, my only issue is that there is a gap between my skin and the center of the sweetheart neckline. You can only see it if you’re looking down from my perspective while wearing the top, but it’s quite substantial at an inch and three-eighths. I took out the basting stitches connecting the bra cups with the bodice and adjusted them so the little piece of the bodice that reaches up to the center of the sweetheart neckline actually touches my skin. But, now it just droops forward and looks like a baggy mess. The real top will have boning in the bodice and structure in the cups, but I’m not sure it’ll be enough to coax the sweetheart neckline to lay flat against my skin.
For those of you who’ve already completed this class – is the neckline supposed to be completely flush against the skin all the way across? If so, when it’s fit properly, does the extra structure in the real garment keep it in place? Thanks!