New dress sort-of joy
Yesterday was one of the hardest deadlines I've had in a long time – issue 177 of one of my magazines is over 75% thicker than usual so I've had a LOT of extra work on (last week I worked late every evening and did all weekend, for example). Anyway, it meant I didn't do much that wasn't work. But that deadline is now done, and I'm feeling much bouncier already, and finally decided to brave wearing the dress I finished making a few weeks ago.
I say 'brave', how much courage does it take to wear something only Mr Robot will see?
I'd feared this one wouldn't fit well in either the waist or bust. Well, the waist is fine. The bust... there's a bit of pulling there, but given the amount of adjustment I had to do to the bodice, I can live with it.
Went down a couple of dress sizes to account for my narrow shoulders. Very happy with that.
Had to bring the bottom of the bodice back up a couple of sizes to match the skirt. That's also pretty much spot on, size-wise, though the bottom of the bodice isn't particularly straight.
In between, had to do a full bust adjustment (FBA) because patterns aren't designed for GG cups. That's... not so good.
Now, I'm currently the heaviest I've ever been, thanks to lockdown lack of movement and deadline comfort eating, so I'm hoping that now things are less frantic I'll be able to do a regular walk, perhaps at lunchtime, and eat more sensibly, and that will help me lose some pounds and the button pulling won't be a problem. The big issue I have with the bodice are the darts. They're supposed to point at 'the apex of the bust', ie yer nips. My darts point a good two inches above. Because I trace all my patterns onto Swedish tracing paper, it'll be simple enough to redo the pattern so future dresses have darts in the right place. But this one annoys me! On top of that, the darts have turned out very pointed at the end (no, those are not unnaturally perky boobs in the image below).