Glutton for Punishment

Apparently that’s what I am. Well, that, and also incredibly naive. I spent all of my sewing time today trying to wrap my mind around an FBA for that pattern with all those seam lines–and DARTS!!! Did you know there were darts too?!?! Of course you did….I’m always the last to know. So I tried to do it the slash and spread way (a couple different times/ways), but I just wasn’t convinced, and I’ve only got enough fabric to goof up the bodice once and still have some left to fix it. And then, I happened to remember that Shams had mentioned the pivot/slide method from here she’d recently tried. And I thought to myself, “self, this might be exactly what you’re looking for”. So I traced it out with the FBA, but now my brain is tired, my feet hurt, and I’m quitting for the night. I know that it’s sort of like one of those episodes on TV where they tell you to tune in next week, (which I absolutely hate), and I’m sorry, but that’s all I’ve got.

If I manage to successfully FBA this dress, I’m absolutely bumping my skill level up to like semi-advanced or something. 😉

6 thoughts on “Glutton for Punishment

  1. I had to do an FBA on mine. If the pivot and slide method fails, try this regular FBA method: Marta Alto (co-wrote fit for real people) told me what to do. First, ignore the lines for the tucks. If you need, for instance, a one inch FBA (1 inch on each side, for 2 inches total) divide that one inch among the darts on that side. make the darts bigger by 1/3 of an inch on the side with 3 darts and 1/2 inch bigger on the side with 2 darts. Once the darts have been enlarged. and length added to true up the bottom of the pattern piece, then redraw the lines for the tucks to make them smoothly run from one side of the bodice to the other. Hope that helps.


    • I had folded the tuck at the bustline (the ones that would have been directly in the way of the FBA) out like I had done on another pattern, but wasn’t sure if that would work or not. I think the pivot/ slide method will work, I’m just a bit worried about the fact that it shortens the front bodice by an inch (probably because of the unevenness on the side/waist seams). I think I can just add that back to the bottom without too much trouble, but we’ll have to see how it comes out. If you have a blog or somewhere that you are showing how you’re doing yours, I’d be excited to see it. 🙂


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