Okay, so it’s here. It exists. It’s a dress I’ll undoubtedly wear a lot. Did I enjoy making it? NO, I DID NOT!!!
Frigging hell. One lobster dress, two toiles, lots of reader advice… Did that FBA make an iota of difference? No, it did not.
How so, Karen? I’m going to be really honest, readers. Two important points.
- You can tweak an FBA until you’re ready to dig your own grave, but when bodice fitting relies on the minute adjustments of how a shoulder strap works with your body, all that careful tweaking can go out of the window. Yeah, the bodice fitted. No, the shoulder straps would not stay in place. So hoiked up they were.
Which brings me to my next point…
- After careful adjustment and re-adustment of an inch-deep front bodice dart, all that work went out of the window when I had to tweak my shoulder straps. I stared and I stared at my apex. (Lucky me.) I stared some more. Then the Goddess of Sewing sent a thunderbolt straight into my cranium. Why are those tiny darts even there? Why isn’t this a princess seam?
So I unpicked my seams. Unpicked the overlocked seam finishes. Pulled apart the darts and eased them out. My dress now includes Travesty Princess Seams. I’m quite certain the seam lines don’t lie where they’re meant to, but they’re still a helluva lot better than the pointy triangles that had been previously mocking my chest.
My second Hazel dress still looks slightly stretched across my chest. How do I feel at the end of this journey?
The tragedy is that I have three striped fabrics that would look awesome with the bias side bodice pieces of the Hazel dress. Do I have either energy or inclination? Absolutely no! I learnt a lot from my FBA experience, and don’t feel scared of this adjustment any more. But an FBA on the Hazel dress? Not for me again…
What think you, readers?