Today we continued to work on our basic bodice toile in calico.
- fit over corset
- add alteration markings to the pattern
- copy altered pattern
- add seam allowances
- make up and fit again
We will fit a basic block shape over corset shape. This is so we can practice fitting, and so is not meant to be the same as our final bodice design. Once we have fitted the basic block, we will draft a period bodice using the new measurements, fit again, and then draft a period pattern based on our design. The final bodice may need to be mounted on another fabric and will be boned
Making up the toile
- Add seam allowances to the block. Add 15mm seam allowances around and 25mm on the opening edge.
- Put the opening at the back. This usually makes it easier to pin up than at the front, especially if the model is curvy.
Fitting the bodice
- Put seams on the inside (unlike my pictures below) as you can see the lines/shape better
- Snip in to seam allowance around neck, waist and arm holes
- Make sure the centre back lines meet. If they do not, they should be pinned parallel to each other.
If the bodice is too large at the top, you should arrange round the shoulders. Too large at the bottom, take in at the side seams or darts.
Once we had finished fitting the basic block, we moved on todrafting a period bodice.