Saturday, 11 December 2010

Crepe Sew Along - First bodice muslin

Very excited to have started my Crepe Wrap Dress. I was unsure of what size to cut but after some valuable advice I decided by a US size 0. This is one of the parts of the sew along I'm most looking forward to as I have never learned how to fit a bodice properly. The dresses I've done so far are all wearable but they also are a bit spacious in the bust area. Especially vintage inspired patterns tend to to be drafted to those with generous busts. Mine is a long way from generous, it's simply small!
So am I happy with a straight from pattern fit? I'm not sure.

A view from front. With my arm open the fit seems fine.

However with my arms relaxed there seems to be surplus fabric in bust area and shoulders.

A side close up vie show the darts and the shoulder better. The bust dart ends a bit above my bust point (do they call it apex or am I making it up?). It also shows a bit of extra space leading from waist dart. Maybe it's the style but at this point I'm not sure.

A back view show on shoulder a bit sloppy but maybe it's because it's not tied around the waist the way the finished dress will. Again not sure.

My own conclusions are that the bodice is a bit spacious in bust and could be adjusted and the shoulders could use with a few adjustments as well. But I just don't know. I've never gave fitting much of a thought so find it difficult to know what's right and what's wrong (some things are obvious, I know).
I'm going to be uploading these images to the Crepe Sew Along Flickr Pool and hope someone can help me with fitting. I think Gertie will shows us her muslin this weekend so hopefully there's something there as well to help me. And your comments are more than welcome as well!

Talking about fitting made me look around for a good book and Fit For Real People has very good reviews. Any of you familiar with this book?


  1. I'm wondering if you could go down a size? The whole bodice looks big on you. Look at me giving advice :)
    I have been reading reviews of Fit for Real People recently also. I think I'm going to have to order a copy because I've read such wonderful things about it.

  2. I don't know how you'd fix it, but it seems to be sized for someone with wider shoulders than yours. I'm sure Gertie will have some ideas. I love the bow in your hair by the way!

  3. I have no idea how to downgrade it a size down. This version is already a size 0. I know at least 1 or 2 other people having issues with shoulders and bust and I think even Gerties said she might need to do alterations in hers so I hope to get some advice on what to do.
    Mrs. Exeter: Thank you! I do like my animal print ;)

  4. Oh!! you entered to the sew along, I didn't do it this time, perhaps in the next project.
    I guess it look little bigger on you, but who knows, perhaps after sewing it will fits good! I did my muslim for the lady grey coat and the first one was very big, the second was perfect (I thougth) but when I sewed it as kid of tight.
    Anyway I am sure Gertie will post something about it!



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