I thought I'd share the view from across the ironing board in my sewing room, which doubles as a dining room, when I got up this morning.
Picturesque, but brrrrrr.
I had a great question yesterday about expanding the hip gores for the Corsets and Crinolines pattern. Why slash and spread those the gores when we were adding width to the waist? The answer is it's always easier to pinch away fabric when fitting than it is to break out the seam ripper. Anyone with a curvy figure will have to go back and expand the gores anyway so I figured we'd just do it right off the bat.
While we're on the subject of fitting hips; For those who would like to draft the hips take 2 inches off hip measurements you took the other day. Compare this number to the measurement of the pattern. You have a choice now, you can subtract the reduced hip from the natural hip, divide by 2 then take that amount and distribute it along the seams of your pattern pieces. Or since there will be alterations to be made after fitting you can pinch fabric or let out seams as needed then transfer those adjustments to the pattern. If this is your first corset I'd recommend the latter. Why figure everything out, draft the new lines, fit, and find out you have to make adjustments to seams anyway? Then you'll draft all those lines twice. Who wants to do that? Not me. When we break the difference up over the various seams those 1/8 inch, or even 1/2 inch additions or subtraction can be made during fitting. For those that choose to draft the alterations now I'll explain in more detail tomorrow.
I'm on the curvy side, and when I measured the hip line of my expanded pattern the numbers weren't that far off what I need, not perfect, but close enough that I'm going to deal with the hip during fitting. That, combined with the fact that I tried on the original post Edwardian corset I used for the pattern and I was actually able to get it on, says to me there is enough room in both patterns for most wearer's hips.
So tomorrow we'll finish drafting and truing the seam lines. In the meantime, how is the pattern expanding, or reducing, going? Everything making sense so far? If you have questions do post them in the comments below or at the flickr group. We'll stay on top of little things before they become big things!