Tuesday, September 15, 2009

One of the hazards of buying retro patterns is that the chances of there being a piece missing - or a piece chopped with original sewing lines no longer visible - are pretty high. I bought my pattern from a very reputable source (Kay from Salvage, who goes through every pattern checking just in case) but in this case she was fooled by what looked like a replacement piece - "piece B" the front yoke.

When I aligned it with the front piece, the facing, the back piece and the front neckline it clearly was not going to fit. However this piece was drafted, it wasn't from the original.

So I sat down with my bodice sloper and all those pieces and figured out how it should have looked. You can see my freshly drafted piece underneath, that's how far out the replacement piece was. Doesn't look too bad does it, until you think that 2 cms either side is a dress size and that I'd have been pinned into the thing.

But all's well that ends better. The new piece fits perfectly. The tunic is snug to be sure, but of course, I am going to lose weight to fit into it.

Ha ha ha a good sense of humour runs in the family.

Right oh, next stop, ahem, something flowing and drapey, on advice.


  1. Hmmm, looks like the previous owner had some of the same fitting issues as myself! I love the uniform-tunic look....kinda funky...but that's not to say that fluid and drapey won't be good as well (but don't ever take my advice...I only ever know what is good for pear shapes...I know, I know, it's all about me). I'd wear that tunic with pride (and secretly, I was kinda hoping you'd make the plaid pants to complete the outfit).

  2. Um, the tunic doesn't look snug to me at all - if you lose any weight it'll be too big on you! It does look good. Now, how about those black plaid flares to go with it?

  3. Good thing for your sloper! I think, the fit is wonderful. And you definitely need humor when you sew...I find it helpful anyway!

  4. The fit looks really good to me, a really smart tunic.

  5. Oh now that's styley, I love it.
    I demand that you make one for me immediately.

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