I am absolutely loving my Craftsy class. I decided to venture in after months of lurking and pinning, and I’m really glad that I did. I signed up for Gertie’s Sew Retro: Bombshell Dress class, and I have to say, I’m learning so much. I’m drunk only on the bodice muslin, but I’ve already picked up a couple new skills that I can’t believe I’ve lived without for so long.
First up: using a tracing wheel and dressmakers carbon for pattern marking. I really don’t understand why I’ve never done this. I honestly am starting to believe that I am a lazy bastard. 2014: the year of anti-laziness. Right? Sure. This new way of making my patterns has also led the way to my second newfound skill:
Thread tracing. I fucking love thread tracing, and I will do it forever and ever from now on.
It’s a little tedious, but it’s a great way to mark my seam lines. It makes it a lot easier to match up seams for pinning and stitching.
I’m used to only doing princess-seamed bodies, so the intricacy of this one is new and exciting. I’ve been wanting to make a bustier-styled top for a while, and I’m glad this is ny first one. I think it’s turning out great.
So here is my completed muslin bodice. I may our may not have squealed in delight when I saw how matched the cup seams were with the lower bodice pieces. I couldn’t wait to try it on. To be honest, I was actually pretty nervous. I didn’t want to ruin my excitement over all of my hard work, by trying on an ill-fitting bodice. But! I had to do it anyway, so I sucked it up and did.
It fit almost perfectly! Definitely the best luck I’ve had on a first run muslin. There are only a couple things I needed to adjust, (taking in the seam under my right cup about 1/8th of an inch, and lengthening the bodice by about half an inch.) Which I did, and will be translated to the planning of my fashion fabric pattern placement.
Which I’ve picked out!
I’ve had this beautiful, teal-based, brightly colored leaf fabric in my stash for a while. There was a sale at my local fabric store, and it was calling my name. So, with no plan in mind, I bought three yards. Why? Because I’m nuts. I went to JoAnn’s looking for a lining fabric, and I found this close matching teal special occasion fabric. I know, it wasn’t recommended, but I couldn’t help myself, and this whole project was about trying new things.