Bridal: Deep-V Wedding Dress part 3
The changes to the bodice were fairly straight forward. Some scooping of the princess and side seams to get a closer fit, a drop of the neckline, and a forward-shoulder adjustment.
Above you can see the original seams and the new seam lines in red. Coming back to this after time away left me feeling really proud of this draft. This was my first bodice of this sort and to have so few changes was still an excellent surprise.
After pulling apart the bodice pieces (the skirt is a simple adaptation of a circle skirt and needed no changes) I ironed them flat, and traced the new seam lines onto the paper pattern, corrected my seam allowances (1 inch for fitting purposes, 1/2 inch at neck, armscye, and waist), and trued my seams to make sure it would still stitch up nicely.
The only real issue was this peaked underarm seam, which I flattened out with my ruler. Easy peasy. These pattern changes were so quick that I even had plenty of time to stitch up a second muslin of the bodice for fitting....and it's perfect. At some point I will have to calculate yardage properly, and order fabric, but that's a job for future Susan.
I was so worried that I would struggle with this project, and it's such an important project to the woman who will wear this dress. It's my first time making a wedding dress (I've made bridesmaid dresses several times) and I wanted to give myself enough time to make mistakes and fix them. I am planning to start sewing the dress next spring, and I will most certainly be posting about it here. In the meantime, here's your sneak peak.