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- SBA for Verity Bodice (or Any Gathered Bodice)
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Today, I have a step-by-step for performing an SBA (small bust adjustment) for a gathered bodice, such as the one on the Verity pattern. I have also included a sheet with step-by-step illustrations for quick reference.
For the sake of example, let’s say we have a high bust measurement of 32″ and a full bust measurement of 33″.
The Verity pattern is drafted for a C cup (or up to a D cup due to the use of knit material). So, the pattern is drafted for at least a 3″ difference between high and full bust. So, we need to choose a size which best matches our actual high bust measurement to the corresponding assumed high bust measurement. That means we would start with a size S. Since the full bust measurement is 35″ for this size, the assumed high bust measurement 32″ (35-3 = 32), which matches our actual high bust measurement. Since our actual full bust measurement is 33″ and not 35″, we need to remove 2″ across the front bodice by performing a small bust adjustment on the front bodice pattern piece.
Since the 2″ must be removed across the entire bodice, and the front bodice is cut on the fold, we will be removing 1″ from our pattern piece at the full bust.
Step 1: Hold the pattern piece up and mark the apex of the bust. Once we have the apex marked, we can draw our lines for slashing and folding.
-Draw the first line from the bottom of the bodice piece up to the apex, parallel to the center fold line
-Draw the second line from the apex up to the armscye (about 1/3 of the way up the armscye, below the notch).
-Draw a third line from the side seam out to the apex
-Draw a fourth line across the bodice piece, about 2″ up from and parallel to the bottom of the bodice piece.
The plus size range of the Verity pattern is now available! I received some wonderful feedback from testers, and I made some improvements that I hope will make this a pattern that people love to use and reuse. I will have a post with pictures from some lovely testers soon.
This pattern can be used to make a dress or a shirt, with sleeves or without, and it has several collar options: split cowl, regular cowl, neckband, and now a Peter Pan collar add-on. The Peter Pan collar add-on is included for free with every purchase of this pattern for a limited time. For more details and photos of the pattern variations, please see this page.
Some notes about the pattern:
– All sizes are graded out from a sample block (size 4X) that was drafted specifically for a plus size figure.
– The pattern is drafted for C-D pattern cup size (3″-4″ difference between high bust and full bust) and a height of 5’6″.
– If you are between sizes, I would suggest going with the smaller size if you prefer a more fitted look.
-If you are shorter than or taller than 5’6″, you may need to shorten or lengthen the pattern pieces accordingly. However, everyone’s body is different, so you might be 5’6″ but have a short torso, for example, or 5’4″ with a long torso. There is a detailed pattern piece measurement chart included in the instructions. This should help you know what adjustments will need to be made for your height, etc. The measurement chart also includes armhole and bicep measurements. I include those measurements for ease of pattern adjustments.
Hey everyone! I am re-launching my Verity pattern, to include an extended size range (XL-8X), a girl’s size range (1-8), and a new collar option. I am also offering a new A0 sheet format for those outside of the US who would like to print at a copyshop. Both of the new size ranges will be released within the coming weeks, so keep a lookout.
When I first released the pattern, it was somewhat premature, and it ended up being at a somewhat inopportune time in my life. But hey, live and learn, right? Anyway, I am excited to re-launch the pattern and I hope you enjoy it. The dress has been a staple in my wardrobe for many years now.
I will have some versions made by other sewists to share with you soon. If you have made a version of Verity over the past couple of years, I would love to see it. Please send pictures (moxiepatterns at gmail dot com) or a link to your blog, so I can feature you here. Or, if you are on Instagram, tag @moxiepatterns, and use #veritypattern.
So, let’s talk about the new collar option. The Peter Pan collar is my favorite collar option to add to this dress, and it would look great with the shirt, as well. For a limited time, this add-on collar option will be included with every Verity purchase. This offer is also available to anyone who has previously purchased the pattern (just drop me a line, and I’ll send you the collar and instructions).
As I said, I will be sharing some versions of Verity made by others soon, but in the meantime, here are a couple of examples of the dress with the peter pan collar option. Continue reading
Now that fall weather is finally making an appearance, I am excited to wear this dress more again. The colors are very fall appropriate and it’s easy to put together layered outfits with this color mix.
I made this dress using the Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte pattern. I just shortened the shirt into a bodice and added the skirt from my Verity pattern.
Moving right along through the unblogged garments…I’ve got another dress to share that I made last year. I made it around my birthday last August, so it fits a bit loose on me now, but not enough to bother me. I always wear belts anyway.
This dress is one of my favorite dresses, especially since it can easily go from season to season. I wore it with tights, cardigans and boots in the fall and winter.
The material was a thrift store find. It’s a rayon blend of some kind. The wheat block print is reminiscent of a fabric from the ’40s. Continue reading
The grey dress with flowers was the test garment, and the teal dress is the garment I made after I tweaked the pattern some more. The teal dress was meant to be worn to a wedding that we sadly did not end up attending.
I was originally going to buy a dress, but I had the look of this bodice floating around in my head and I couldn’t get it out. I didn’t have a prayer to find something similar, especially when I factored in the particular color I wanted (a teal or dark emerald green color). I’m not sure why I still believe that I’ll ever be able to find anything RTW that I like anymore. I still go out and browse clothing about once a season or two because it’s fun to see the styles of the moment, but I haven’t bought RTW clothing for myself in well over a year (aside from underwear and a few pieces of activewear). Continue reading
Today, I bring you a dress that has been staple of my winter wardrobe. Well, when I say it has been a staple, I mean it’s the only dress I’ve been willing to wear when I actually think about wearing a dress (which, if I’m being honest, has been maybe three times in the last month). It has been downright frigid for what feels like a year, and all I want to do is wear jeans, a sweater and a huge coat.
I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. I will have a personal party when I have the opportunity to shed those cumbersome winter layers and don a dress without suffering from hypothermia. I’ll finally feel more like myself again, because I am decidedly a dress kind of gal. I think I’ll have an understanding of what a butterfly must feel like when it emerges from a cocoon.
Anyway, moving on!
This is another make that has been finished for many months. It’s finally getting the moment of fame it deserves.
I used the Verity pattern, with some changes. First, the skirt has less flare. Since I only had a small section of the houndstooth fabric, I redrafted the skirt to fit the amount of fabric that I had. Continue reading