...adding a bust dart at the armhole to remove a large gap...
...removing excess fabric for a better fit in the waist...
...and at the lower back seam.
Also, the pattern originally called for a 7-inch zipper. This would be fine if the dress were still loose fitting, but I will now need a longer zipper given the the adjustments I am making. In fact, I had to be cut out of the muslin once the adjustments were noted. I think my best choice would be an invisible zipper because I plan to construct the dress with one thread color (trying to keep it easy-breezy), but I don't want the zipper threads to be obvious with the alternating stripes.
Here is my dress front pattern piece with all of the added adjustments from the muslin fitting. Similar adjustments were made to the back pattern piece, too.
|...with tapered hemline, which will need a little lengthening.|
|This piece was 1/2 yard...|
|...and I lost 1-inch on it.|
|The red fabric, which was 1 1/2 yards, lost 1-inch as well.|
|The white fabric - which also was 1 1/2 yards - lost 2 inches.|
I have one other concern, and that's how the stripes will look once the bust dart is sewn. I have a few ideas in mind, but I need to make some tests. Anyway, I'll keep you updated on my progess. Thanks for taking the time to read, and please leave comments. I love hearing what your thoughts are on my projects.