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Topic: Fitting muslin: Built by Wendy shift dress  (Read 1560 times)
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« on: January 19, 2011 03:44:20 PM »

I am currently testing out the shift dress pattern, in the Built by Wendy dresses book.
I am having a little trouble with fitting my muslin.

I originally cut the x-small because based on the measurements in the book and comparing the flat pattern piece,my bust measurement, 31" fell under the 32-33 bust measurement in the book.

When I tired on the muslin, there is wrinkling in back, on the shoulder blade. The wrinkles look like they are pointing to the armhole. I used a sloped shoulder alteration. It brought up the dart to my bust apex , but there is still a bit of wrinkling and the shoulder seams are too short.

Should I have used a different technique in order to remove the wrinkling in the shoulder?
Should I cut the size up and then alter the fit? I also had to alter the flare along the hip because it was too tight.

Thank you for your help. I really want this pattern to work out because I think it is fantastic basic to have in my small collection.

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2011 04:45:36 PM »

there are lots of fitting tips and advice at patternreview.com  can't help myself, sorry

« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011 02:49:03 PM »

can you post pics of the muslin on you, so we can see exactly where the fit is off?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011 06:21:15 PM »

I'm with baileemartini, it's hard to picture.

I know I need a dart that goes from the shoulder line down to the apex of my shoulder blade (I'm a bit rounded back there apparently, but I swear I don't have a hump!).  Shapes the back quite nicely.

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