- Basically I liked it and thought it would make a great basic shift dress. It also has a very cute V neckline at the back
- My shape suits this style but I've never been brave enough to make it because of fit concerns
- Vintage pattern sizing is very different to commercial sizing so custom fitting is very useful
- I liked the boat neck but wasn't sure it would suit me
- I wanted to tackle something challenging (typical)
|1950s Simplicity pattern dress|
- custom fitting and adjustments can make the difference between frumpy (thinking of myself here) and fabulous, seriously. Small adjustments make a huge difference in the look of the garment, even in the toile.
- Every commercial pattern will need some adjustment - no two bodies are the same and some patterns aren't well designed either.
- You can't do this yourself. You do need help.
- If you make the effort on a "basic" pattern eg. pants, dress, jacket etc., you should be able to use this pattern again and again, knowing it fits well.
- Making the toile gives you a sense of freedom because you can experiment on cheap fabric and then have confidence cutting into your expensive fabric.
Some of the adjustments made to my toile were:-
- The dart was lowered. I did a FBA prior to making the toile and made a hash of the dart...
- Some of the fullness from the FBA was taken in the bodice
- The neckline was lowered a little (it was too high)
- The armhole was enlarged (too tight)
- The allowance was eased across the hips
So, my toile is now in pieces. The next step is to transfer the adjustments back to the pattern, make the changes on the toile, refit to double check, then cut my fashion fabric. I'll keep you updated on the progress.
If you want to read more on making toile and fitting, go here. In the meantime, what are you thoughts on fitting and making a toile? Do you always make one? Only for expensive fabric? How do you check fit and make adjustments? Who helps you?