This is a downloadable pdf pattern available here. Since Valentine's Day is just ahead I used a red ponte knit from my stash. It's a very stable knit so it's just the right weight to wear in the cooler temps (I mean @#%^ cold! Spring I beg of you come to me now!). I made several muslins of the bodice but after looking at pics I seen I still have a few fit issues to tweak.
Now I did take pictures of the muslin and fitting process for my own reference but I'm wondering if any of you would like a post on that. ??Anyone?? I know fit posts can be such a bore but I have had some express they find those types of posts helpful. Now keep in mind my way of fitting is somewhat of a "wing it" type process. I did just finish a fitting class on Craftsy and was able to apply a few things I learned. If there is any interest, let me know. But for now a quick run through of my fit alterations....
- Shortened front and back bodice 2 1/2 inches
- Shortened upper back bodice 3 inches
- Pinned out excess on front bodice, armpit to apex
- Shortened the sleeves 5 inches.
- Shortened hem line 1 inch
After looking at photos I noticed I still had excess fabric pooling underneath my armpits on the front bodice. I pinched that excess out and adjusted my pattern again. My Jungle January Skater seems to fit better because of that (post on that version later) Here's where I am stumped though and I'm asking for your expertise...See all that excess fabric around my armpit area (and even on the sleeves) on the back?? What's the proper way to fix that? For my JJ version I shortened the upper back bodice even more and even adjusted the back armhole in hopes to fixing it. It is better but it still needs tweaking and I sure would like to know the proper fix. I'm not sure if I need to raise my armhole, or if I'm missing a rounded back adjustment ( I thought that's what I was doing when I shortened the upper back bodice). Side note: I do have this issue with everything I've made and have not been able to figure out how to fix it.
Despite the wrinkly armpits I'm still gonna wear the crap outta this. It's super comfy and paired with a cardi no one has to know.
Just a few fit kinks but excited to have one dress pattern down for my TNT Pattern Challenge!! Whoot! Whoot! If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen Lady Skater number two, if not it will be posted here and on the Fabric Mart blog later this week.
Have an awesome week!!