I had high hopes for this bodice. This is Burda Style #124 from 7/2014 magazine. In the magazine it’s a cute beach-y empire style with a full skirt. I lengthened the bodice 2″ to make it less empire and more grown up and nixed the sweetheart bit. I thought this style would be it.
Then I tried on the muslin.
The shoulders fell off my shoulders (and I’ve got pretty broad shoulders) and there was too much fabric at the center back. I pinched out the shoulder and back excess and it fit ok, but somehow I knew it just wasn’t it.
I was pretty frustrated since I’d put a fair bit of work into altering the pattern, but sometimes you just have to call it like you see it. Not good enough was the initial verdict, so better just admit it and move on.
And moving on.
The last bodice that fit me pretty darn well was Simplicity 1419 of my “galaxy fabric” dress. Why not go back to that one and make some changes there. I photocopied the front and back bodice pattern tissue and taped them together like a ransom note. I drew in a rounded neckline and thought I’d try a muslin of this version.
As you can see it fits pretty darn well, as did the original dress so that’s not a big surprise. It’s just nice to finally make something that works. I will redraw the neckline curve so it’s a bit more open and I’m going to go forward with this version for my Aloha dress. Well after I go to work tomorrow.
Seriously, this dress has been hard!