Sunday, 6 April 2014
Toile fitting part 4
Having established in last week’s post what the problem with the dress was the front pleated panel, I removed some of the excess fabric. As you can see it’s fitting ‘Gertie’ much better now.
Just to be on the safe side I did try it on myself as I was little concerned that having taken away some of the fabric from the bust it would be too tight. I’m pleased to say it fitted fine.
I then reshaped the collar to get rid of the excess folds, and that too is fitting much better than before.
Now that all the problems had been sorted and the fit was fine on me, I could then make a start on altering the paper pattern pieces. Magazine supplements which come with the weekend newspapers are perfect for this as they’re wider than A4 paper, and unlike newspaper, doesn’t get your hands, or the fabric, all inky.
When it came to altering the front pleat panel I decided it would be safer not to cut off the excess paper (just in case I need to make any last minute adjustments later) and simply snipped then folded back the peices, securing it down with paper clips.
Because the collar had been completely reshaped I had to make a new pattern piece for that.
That’s it, this toile is now finished. It’s been a lengthy journey but I hope when the dress is made, it will have been worth it.
Now, about the other toile, the one with the cowl neck. I’ve decided to abandon that pattern. After doing the various fitting adjustments, it just didn’t look right, and as Mr Gertie said, I wouldn’t be happy with it. I’m gutted as I really did like the dress.
That’s what toiles are for, to iron out any problems before cutting things out using your main fabric. It’s far better to find out now that something isn’t right than ruining your expensive cloth.
I’m still going to keep the pattern, as with a bit of reworking, and me losing some weight, I think it could work.
As I’ve set my mind on making two frocks for our cruise I’m just going to make a dress from a pattern that I’ve made before.
Why don’t I just use other pattern that came in second place? I’ll tell you next week....
Have a great week.
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