I’ve booked a private sewing lesson in a few weeks to focus solely on my fitting issues on my top half. The teacher has suggested either making up a couple if muslins in advance using unadjusted pattern pieces and then adjusting them and then making the appropriate changes on the paper pattern, or starting from scratch by adjusting the pattern pieces first then making up a muslin from those.
I prefer the idea of having some muslins ready to go. I can always take more fabric with me to make new muslins, plus I intend to make copies of the pattern pieces, so I will have unadjusted originals whatever we do.
The class will be 4 hours long so it’s going to be an intense one-on-one class. My main aim is to be able to look at a muslin and see the fitting issues and know how to adjust them to make the fit better. But I am unsure on which patterns to use.
I think my options are:
a) Focus on one pattern for an item I am keen to make - in this case it’s the Rooibos dress
Positives: I will have a good-to-go adjusted pattern that I can use straight away
Negatives: I will learn very specific adjustments to a non-standard bodice so I may not be able to apply what I have learnt to other garments
b) Make up a couple of muslins for two basic bodices, I’m thinking a princess seamed bodice and a standard darted bodice, and then work on those
Positives: I will hopefully have the skills to adjust most bodices
Negatives: I may be trying to cram too much in here, 4 hours may not be enough to do two different bodices
c) Pick one basic bodice that I think I can learn the most from and focus on this
Positives: Will have plenty of time to get it right
Negatives: Which type of bodice to pick?? I really struggled fitting a princess seam, but only have two princess seamed patterns and am unsure if learning adjustments on these types of bodice will be that useful to me. I have quite a few gathered bodice patterns, but would rather get the fit a standard darted bodice right as I think these adjustments will be applicable to most bodices as you can always pivot darts into gathers and so on.
d) Same as C but take a Rooibos muslin with me in case we have time to look at that too
Positives: If there is time I will be able to adjust the Rooibos
Negatives: Same as c) – which bodice to pick??
I am erring towards d) – taking a basic darted bodice and a Roobios in case we have time to look at that too, and for the time being avoiding princess seams.
In terms of basic bodice patterns, I had a rummage in my pattern stash and I only own about two top patterns, one is Colette Jasmin, which as it's bias cut is no good for me at this stage. In my dress pattern stash the only simple darted bodice pattern I could find was this:
Burda Style Danielle
So I was thinking of buying this pattern as it looks pretty good for my purposes:
Colette - Peony
In terms of a princess seam pattern I was thinking of New Look 6457, View A destroyed me but I am thinking view E might be good to try out
New Look 6457
What do you think? I basically need advice on what bodice to take and whether you think my plan makes sense? What do you think is realistically achievable in 4 hours? Do you have any other suggestions for simple bodice patterns I could use?