Hello! This is the first part of a series of posts chronicling the construction of a dress for "L" - one of the first commissions I've done. Since I already went over the design sketches and fabric selection let's dive right in to pattern fitting.
My last post had resources for the patterns I used, so on to the pretty pictures right away, lol!
And after a session with the client to fit the bodice, here is the end result: a custom fit bodice and sleeve pattern. The hoop skirt, underskirt, and chemise will be loose enough garments that I don't need exact measurements for that. And a thank you to Kate, who helped me remember how to use the dressmaker's underarm curve. ;)
And one footnote - after seeing the fabric in person both "L" and I agreed that brick red/black/green trim didn't go with the soft purple, nor were the sequins and seed beads necessary on a dress that already had metallic embroidery. The first real evening of work began with a seam ripper! Luckily, everything came off very easily with almost no trace.
Since I don't want these posts to get too long, I'll stop here for now. I think next time will be hoop skirt, chemise, and underskirt construction.
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!