The drawing didn't fall in the front, but she was standing pretty straight and tall. Also, I don't have much curve definition in the front. I am really straight, and my bust are small. So my garment tends to collapsed a little. Next time I wear it, I will wear a padded bra to add to the front curves. I don't want to take out anything there, I want to give the illusion of more…which is why I liked the addition of the ruffles up front. The garment on the pattern envelope was obviously belted a little tight, cause the front on the model actually looked liked gathers, on mine it was plenty smooth with the acceptation of the pleats.
For the boning I used a technique that I invented (at least I think so…) that makes for a really straight seam.
You have to remember to determine the direction the boned foundation will face before knowing which way to curve the boning insertion. I faced the right side of the foundation to the wrong side of the bodice…not what the pattern instructions suggest… I wanted to make sure the outside of the garment did not show any signs of boning. It worked..as my classmate (a fellow designer) did not realize I had boning until she hugged me.
For the zipper- I used the Threads article "Sew Invisible Zippers like a Pro" from the August/Sept 2011 issue for the instructions. For the remainder of the garment I used the pattern instructions.
I am happy with the back alteration. I shorted it by 1/2 inch to allow for a short back from shoulder blade to waist. I raised the crotch by 1 inch in the back.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I also lengthened the bottom of the bodice by 1/2 inch in the front and side seams. I will take that out next time, as I believe it may have something to do with the folds forming in the front under the bust.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely sew this again with narrower pants.
It appears that even leaning over, I had no worries. I raised the upper front 1 inch. I never tugged on my bodice anytime during the night. It was a very long night at that.
By the way... the beautiful cake was compliments of my very talented daughter Jennifer..