One day, Brownilocks was frolicking merrily through the forest...
Well, she was attempting to frolic but the narrow back bodice of Vogue 9668 rendered her arms useless. No waving them about gaily in the air or bending over to pick up fragrant wildflowers.
Anyway, Brownilocks was walking through the woods and happened upon three colorful scrap broadcloth muslins dangling from the trees. Brownilocks eyed the first muslin and thought, "Hmmm... this may just be what I need."
Fit For Real People broad back adjustment
Spread 1" through underarm and shoulder and added 1" shoulder dart
Lowered back neckline 3"
She tried on the first muslin, but alas, it was still too small. Brownilocks found that she had a tiny bit more room for frolicking, but still not enough under the arms. There was also quite a bit of extra fabric at the top of the shoulders. Brownilocks also realized that some dummy didn't cut the back waistband on the bias which explained the extra wrinkling there.
Then she spied the second muslin dangling brightly in the trees. Brownilocks whispered, "This has to be it. Has to be."
Shoulder and underarm piece is pivoted 1" instead of spread, no shoulder dart needed
Some width left at side seam while back dart was made a tiny bit bigger
Back neckline lowered 5/8"
Dummy made sure to cut back waistband on bias
She tried on muslin number two and was very excited at first. Brownilocks could reach for the stars with no trouble. But when weird little folds began to appear at the center back seam, she realized that this muslin may just be too big.
Brownilocks ripped down muslin number three and muttered, "This better be it, dammit."
Underarm seam extended 5/8" tapering down to nothing
5/8" also added to sleeve edges
Back neckline lowered 1" and just barely widened by redrawing the curve out a little (technical explanation, I know)
"Well, this one may be just right!" Brownilocks exclaimed. Her arms moved forward excitedly and up with no issue. While there is a tiny bit of wrinkling at the back, it didn't appear to be too much. "This may just be the answer," thought Brownilocks.
"But then, why does the back neckline still not sit flat?" thought Brownilocks. "And what sort of alteration do I need to fix that? And how come the bodice still slides up a bit when I put my arms up the in air....?"
In the distance, Brownilocks heard the evil-pattern-sizing-witch cackling from behind a tree. Out of nowhere, beautiful fairy seamstress Carolyn floated to the ground and sang "Don't go down the rocky path of over-fitting! Perhaps you should make a size bigger...."
What? So there's no fairy seamstress or wicked pattern-sizing-witch in Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
Well, this is my story and I can write it however I want.
Unfortunately, I still have no real conclusion to this story. I'm afraid that this multiple muslin-ing deal is just not my cup of tea. But, that's not to say that I think making a muslin is a bad idea. I've seen others do a wonderful job of tweaking a pattern to fit perfectly by making a muslin first. This process is really out of the ordinary for me. I don't want to say I'm lazy, but- well, I'm lazy. And I'm not a very linear person. Out of all three muslins, I do prefer the feel of number three, but it's still not perfect. And I'm tired of making muslins. I feel like there are too many factors involved to really know if it is a good solution. I changed how I did the back neckline each time. I also changed the width that I spread the underarm piece. I wasn't very good at controlling variables.
I haven't decided what to with the original dress yet. I think it's just going in the closet to marinate for a while. I'm contemplating making a whole new dress with the third broad back alteration just to see if it truly is a possible solution. I also have the sneaking suspicion that Carolyn is right about needing a larger size. Maybe I'll cut a size bigger instead. Regardless, I'm not unhappy that I did go through the process of making multiple muslins because I do think I added a few more tricks to my sewing bag. The idea of making a dart wider and sewing up center back seams and pinning from the side when trying on a muslin are genius. But again, I don't think all these alterations are really what I want to spend my time on. Self drafted bodice sloper, here I come!
THANK YOU all so much for your wonderful suggestions! I can't tell you how grateful I am for all the kind words and wise advice that I received on my last post, or any post for that matter. I really, truly appreciate it all. I've learned so much since I started this blog. Can you believe it's been a year already?