This is my very first post!
I have been reading all the posts in the Women's clothing section for almost the last year (and by that I mean that I have read all the posts
). I started on my chemise and petticoats last fall, and ordered a corset from Kay. I am now starting on my first dress.
I guess I should give a little bit of information about the dress. I am planning on this being a work dress out of a cotton plaid, and I am aiming for an early '60s silhouette, although I am just doing this for fun, and do not have anywhere to wear it at the moment.
I started out with Past Patterns 701, and even though I had seen many good reviews it was a complete disaster. I had my Mom (who is a fairly experience sewer) help me (I had only sewn one modern skirt when I started on my underpinnings). It was WAY too large in circumference (I don't remember exactly, but we cut off at least a couple inches on each side), and we essentially ended up draping the bodice instead using the DMG. I don't have any pictures but after a lot of fiddling with the first toile, it seemed to fit really good. We drew the corrected shoulder and side seams on the toile, and cut it apart using those new seam lines, then we used the pieces to draw out a new pattern.
Then I cut out the new pattern pieces in my lining fabric (good white muslin), I basted together the shoulder and side seams, and basted in the test sleeve (a bishop sleeve) from the first toile. I thought everything would be great, just like the toile, but now there seems to be some pulling from the front of the armscye to my neck, and we aren't sure how to fix it.
I have tried to link to some pictures below (I hope it works!) to show the problem. It feels okay when I have my hand on my hip, but when I put my arm down, it seems to be tight over my shoulder, and you can see the stress lines from the front of the armscye to my neck.https://picasaweb.google.com/105259129371828841537/DressToileFittingIssues?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCMeT44r0gpyaKA&feat=directlink
Note: I know that it is way too long, but I don't want to cut off the extra length until everything else fits right. I also know that the darts are completely wrong, but I'm planning on gathering the fabric in the front, so I just wanted to pull the extra fabric out of the way so I could take the pictures.
I appreciate any help I can get! I know you ladies on here always have fantastic comments