Sunday, March 11, 2012

Japanese Stylish Dress Book - Patten C

I saw this pattern made up sometime ago and it had been on my "To Do" list for summer and I recently bought this Liberty lawn especially for this pattern. Time to get sewing.

Liberty - Becci Navy/Red Tana Lawn

Being a fairly simple pattern, I decided to practise my new found dressmaking techniques. So.....

1. I traced the pattern. I always find this part a little tedious.

2. I made some pattern adjustments. Firstly I assumed the pattern did not include seam allowances - I'm never really sure but as the sizes are generally on the small side, I included seam allowances anyway. I also did a full bust adjustment (FBA).

3. I made a muslin to check fit and sizing.
No calico at the time so I improvised
4. I hand basted everything - yep's the proof...


So what did I learn:-
  • The FBA was probably a good idea. This was my first attempt at the adjustment, and I'm not sure I have this entirely right yet. Something a bit strange happens with the armscye. It seems so get shorter. The final top gaped under the arm a little. 
  • My bias technique is improving but still needs work. All the basting helped a lot. I read something recently about stretching the bias, I'll try this next time. 
  • Liberty lawn is a delight to work with.
  • I would definitely make this pattern again. 
Does anyone have any tips on the full bust adjustment? What method do you use? How do you keep the armscye under control? If you have a fuller bust do you do a FBA for every pattern?


  1. That is so pretty. I just love the fabric and the detail of the little tie at the back. Liberty lawn is luscious to work with isn't it, and I think makes you treat it with that much more respect.
    I've never done an FBA but possibly should learn how. The fit of that looks great on you.

  2. Gorgeous fabric and top. As for the FBA checkout this site - very helpful.

    1. Terrific - I've book marked the site for future reference. Just time time, I've made another muslin and the bodice is looking wonky. Back to the drawing board! Thanks for your help.

  3. Lovely top ..... I use the Palmer Pletsch method - I think it's much like what most people do .... you end up having to lengthen the side seam area under the bust.

    1. Thanks Gay, will do more homework!


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