This is a pic heavy post, an analysis of what does and doesn’t work for the excessive chesticles I sport. We have returned from 3 weeks in Canada and the US visiting the Princess and survived an almighty virus that had me shivering and shaking for 6 days. 2 weeks ago this post would have read “last will and testament of…”
A long intended ‘wait listed’ item – Folkwear 142 Old Mexico top/dress pattern. Simple shape, perfect for embroidery, naïve and rustic patternmaking. What could go wrong? Here’s the toile in a dandy hot pink polka dot cotton, an op shop purchase. The front looks fine, things start going awry at the side view.
The back? uuurgh, nuff said. I cut 1 size smaller than was recommended for my bust measurement. After much fiddling, tucking and so on – this was abandoned as a failure, just not worth my time.
About 6 years ago I started the Style Arc Lizzie Wrap, another ‘simple shaped garment, excuse the wrinkles, it’s just been unearthed from the pile of shame.
The hump at the back is disconcerting and having attempted to tuck, gather and dart, it just won’t go away. This was another project intended for embroidery – she languishes, because I see no place in my life for a Quasimodo inpired wrap!
Hmm, looking at this shot, perhaps the dowager’s hump effect isn’t so bad? Should I pursue this one, ‘cos I jut love the teal boiled wool.
Yesterday I made up the Tessuti Claudia dress, a simply shaped summer sundress, we’re still getting temps in the high 20s sometimes 30s celsius. The weather gods apparently don’t know it’s autumn. This dress is beautiful on the gorgeous young Tessuti muses. On me, the fit was well and truly fiddled – 2 FBAs and the removal of a 2cm gape by easing at the front armhole, lowered the darts, raised the neckline so it would cover my bra straps. There was 8cm ease in the back and it hung too low and loose for a bra to be comfortably concealed, so I added some elastic to the upper back – I don’t love the result. The fabric is a vintage bark cloth replete with brown stains a la 60s – isn’t it great? The front is passable,
The side is getting pretty bad with all that underarm fat squished by my bra…
And the back is just downright godawful. Just try to pretend this isn’t me. A different bra might help, but then again, it might not! A cardigan is what this sundress needs.
So I can safely say that ‘strappy’ is just not my jam.
Enter an off the rack Gap, tencel, wrap dress, bought in Canada for the Princess’ upcoming european jaunt, she didn’t like the puff sleeves, so I put it on and the verdict was – it’s a keeper. Off the rack mind you, it’s a size 10 US and look at that perfect boob fit, lets call it empire line, plus, it cost about $32 CAD which is also $32 AUD – bonus! It has a dandy hook and thread loop at centre front to assist closure which needs lowering 2cm to my eye, but otherwise perfect!
The verdict? Never, (oooh, them’s fightin’ words!) ever, try to get any kind of upper body fit from ‘simple’ shapes. They’re just not made for me and I’m not built for them! Give me waist seams into which waistline tucks and darts can snuggle, princess seams that don’t look matronly or ‘uniform’, panel lines, drapes, gathers and for dog’s sake – no more huge honkin’ darts. I poured over the Curvy Sewing Collective tutorials and what I don’t need is more waist ease thanks very much. Just give me the increased chesticle space and I’ll be a happy camper. Frustrated? Yes! You?