McCall’s 6119 appeared to be a pattern that would allow my belly to increase through the summer and I might even get some wear out of it next summer when I am no longer pregnant.
I pulled the bodice portion for a practice muslin and quickly sewed it up.
A problem arose. Just a glance and you get the jist.
I’m bustin’ out!
I don’t dare show you a real-life shot as it was obscene. Use your imagination about where things are placed on the normal female bosom, then look at the dress form and you begin to see how poor the fit is.
How I ended up with this state of things:
I am one of those women department store lingerie clerks despair of because I wear the wrong size bra. Though the skies may fall I go up a band size and down a cup size for comfort. I know, I know – this approach elicits strong words from fashion advisors, but the band size that matches my rib cage is uncomfortable. What is a little tight in the morning is excruciating by 4:00 p.m. when my body has naturally retained some water from the days food and liquid intake.
I have quietly rebelled on this fashion issue and been quite comfortably trussed into my allegedly ill-sized lingerie. However I should have remembered my approach is not the standard one when I cut this pattern. My absentmindedness led me astray. I cut my RTW bra size, not my actual measurement.
Just a heads up – if you are pregnant or nursing, skip the A/B option altogether. A no brainer, all of you will remind me, but I forgot.
Now I am looking at the muslin I see other potential fitting problems.
- Look at how wide apart the straps are and I have a narrow chest. The one strap in the photo appears to be falling off the mannequin shoulder. Given the angle of the strap can one change the starting point and maintain the shape of the neckline?
- Even if I go up a cup size, or two, the material may cover my bosom, but will it be loose and drapey along the top like the practice muslin?
- Will a bit of elastic along the neckline take care of that?
Over the last few days I have been reading what fellow sewist and blogger Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic is going through putting so much energy into fitting what might be a poorly drafted pattern. I understand her determination as she has expensive fabric on the line. But I have just invested an old sheet up to this point and I am wondering if it will be a waste of time tinkering with this pattern? Or worse, I make it up in fashion fabric and still feel exposed and end up pulling on the shirt all day as it may slide around on my shoulders. Should I abandon it now, or perservere?
Has anyone else made this pattern or one like it? What was your experience?