The bodice is lined, using the same pieces as the bodice. Bust shaping is created by gathering at the shoulder and a shaped waist dart with the fabric at the side gathered into a virtually separate front piece - the front dart is cut open.
|Shape of front bodice|
|Showing the fabric|
|Toile with neckline changes marked|
I increased the length between shoulder and bust on front bodice and increased by the same amount on the back. I have a sloping back to front waist and don't need additional length in the back but do need a lot extra in the front. I tried to work out how to increase the front without increasing the back when there was the shaped dart at the front. Obviously, front and back need to be the same length at the side seam. I asked some questions and got some answers but was still not clear how to proceed. However my pattern cutting tutor was able to point me in the right direction.
|Tutor's drawing that helped me on my way|
|The pin marks where the tutor pinned it but I have cut to point showing|
I haven't dared try it again as yet!
What next? (Yes, I know I'll have to bite the bullet and try it on!) Do I go ahead with this - and make up the lining? Is there a way I can get it to look reasonable and feel okay without a lining - perhaps by using bias binding, though I'm not sure that topstitching would look good. Hand stitching? Not my favourite. I don't think I need a lining from the see through point of view.
DH doesn't think this is a suitable style for me, as I have less space between bust and waist. Me? I'm not sure. I agree with what he's saying about length but does this exclude this style? What do you think? I'd really welcome feedback.
I'm paralysed by indecision.
My mother was staying with us for a few days, from Wednesday, to rest and recuperate after a nasty bout of shingles affecting her chest wall. She hadn't been out and about for a while because of feeling really ill and the possibility of transmitting chicken pox to vulnerable people but that risk was now over. She's pretty frail, in a lot of pain and had been losing a lot of weight - at least partly due to being disinclined to choose what to eat, to cook. We let her rest and looked after her; she enjoyed eating meals which she hadn't had to choose or prepare and ate well. Yesterday, we took her home. It was our wedding anniversary but we decided to postpone it by 24 hours - what's 24 hours after 38 years?
When my husband showed me a lump in his hairline on Wednesday, present for a couple of days he thought, I assumed the red and inflamed area was possibly a midge bite as he had been working in the garden. It wasn't bothering him. Then, yesterday, on our way back from Scotland, I noticed a couple of additional red and inflamed areas on his eyelid. He hadn't noticed them while shaving that morning. The red areas on his hairline were a little more extensive. We considered the possibility of shingles but the story and timeline didn't seem to match that and it seemed too much of a coincidence. DH had shingles on his chest wall 40 odd years ago and wasn't bothered by it then. Anyway, today we went to the NHS walk-in centre and they did feel this was (probably) shingles so DH is now taking acyclovir; they didn't feel the eye itself was affected. I had shingles affecting the left side of my face a few years ago; fortunately, though I had lesions in my eye, these were treated and my sight wasn't affected. I still have itch and paraesthesia over my forehead, eye, nose and upper lip. Strangely, this has flared up a bit at the moment. It does that periodically though 'it shouldn't happen'.
Although my mother clearly didn't transmit this to DH, I won't tell her in case she blames herself, anyway.
We're still having a special meal tonight. M&S only does their dine in for two every second week, not this weekend. I went, anyway. It's amazing how good the value is for the dine in for two - I spent the £10 easily, without the wine. We're having a bottle of German 'champagne' - cremant d'Alsace - that we bought direct from the winery when we went on a German river cruise. We've been saving this bottle for a special occasion. Just so long as DH still feels okay.
So no sewing tonight but I'd love to hear your views and I can decide what to do tomorrow.