FINALLY managed to get the missus to lace me up, and help out with this ruddy fitting. Best part of a week waiting, this is not funny!
Work so far-I’d rough pinned the front darts out, dividing the excess gained from my FBA into three darts, two under the bust either side, one slightly to the side. This is common practice on Victorian styles for larger ladies!
As soon as I pinned the front closed, I could see I needed to take out a lot. At this stage, the aim is to get a fairly smooth fit, but NOT skin tight, as there is still a layer of main fabric to add in at the front, plus lining, plus boning. The back is slightly stretchy, but I don’t want it looking like a sausage casing, as I fear that the plasticky wet look coating could pull and look a mess at the seams.
Off it came, all pins moved, back on. Very close. One more off and on, and it’s fine [to my eye at least]. I’ve pinched out a teeny dart at the neck edge to accommodate the now asymmetric neckline, and I think I’m good to go back to the machine. The hemline will be trimmed to match the skirt yoke
I’ll also be sewing leather for the first time in my life…eeek!