Happy Sunday, friends! I made the muslin for Vogue 1117 (to be my Ceil Chapman roses tribute dress!) and it's looking pretty good so far, though I can see I'm going to need a little help on the back.
First off, I so agree with reviewers (like Erica B.) who felt this is an advanced rather than "average" pattern, as Vogue says. Which is why I'm glad I got to practice the construction on a muslin! I'll write more on the tricky construction steps in my final review of the pattern.
I started with a size 14 in the bodice and waist, grading out to a 16 in the lower hips. The hips fit fine, while the bodice was way too roomy. Overall, I'm finding the fit of this pattern to be a bit of a rectangular silhouette, with lots of room in the bust. So be prepared for fitting changes if you have curvy hips and a smallish bust, like me.
So here's a little road map of the changes I made.
First, I took in about half an inch at the apex of the bust, which just means taking in the princess seams. Secondly, I took tucks out of the bodice at the upper chest where the dress was gaping. These tucks taper to nothing at the bust, so this happily won't require any alteration to the adjoining pieces. I also took in an inch on each side at the waist, tapering up to the armholes and down to the hips.
Now, for the back. Oh noes!
Check out that massive wrinkle on the upper right! Looks like I've got uneven shoulders, which I never noticed before. I'm going to go consult Fit For Real People. Anyone have any tips for this?
Also, I think the wrinkling at my lower back means I should take a tuck for a sway back, right?
Any more thoughts? Thanks, readers!
P.S. As for the other muslin I alluded to in my title, it was my second background dress muslin, and it is still a bit of a disaster. It's on to muslin number three, believe it or not. I should have taken pictures, but I was too busy ripping out all the seams in a bit of a tizzy, I must admit. I think I'll just let that one go for a few days!