I had sewn up the the bodice pieces over the weekend so was able to do a fitting when I got in to class.
I shouldn’t have had my top on underneath, but it was a very warm morning and I didn’t want to perspire all over my corset.
You could see from the fitting that the lines were fairly good, but there some noticeable problems which need to be addressed:
- the centre front lines did not meet by 20mm on each side
- the neckline was much lower than intended
I could have just used the extra seam allowance on the stomacher to correct the width problem, but that would have made the stomacher look wide. Instead, I had to undo the side seams and use the seam allowance there. 10mm on each side (left and right) to add 20mm to the overall measurement.
I rebasted this seam before machine stitching as one side was very curved and I was worried it would slip under the machine foot.
There was enough seam allowance on the neckline so that I wouldn’t have to redo the stomacher.
Time for a second fitting – the centre front lines now met up, but the shoulders had to be reset.
By the end of the day, we got it so the bodice sat right and did some draping on the stand.