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- Three Verity Hacks: Maxi Skirt, Crop Top & Button Tab Cowl
- Maker Versions of Verity – Round 1
- Floral Micro Cord Alder Shirtdress
- SBA for Verity Bodice (or Any Gathered Bodice)
- Verity Plus Size Range XL-8X Now Available
- Purple Plaid Archer Button Up Shirt
- Two Plaid Shirts From Thrifted Dress
- Verity Re-launch & Peter Pan Collar Add-on
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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.
I cannot find the “before” picture of the dress that I used to make these two tops. It had a massive collar and a tie under the collar. I guess it was meant for those times when you can’t decide which neckline you like best.
It was like this dress with the sailor collar and tie, but the drop-waist pleated skirt was floor-length. There were also buttons down the back of the bodice.
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
The Hummingbird pattern has certainly tickled my fancy. This is the third of four items (so far) that I’ve shown you that was made using this pattern. I actually finished all three tops and the skirt I’ve made from this pattern over a month ago, but we all know how easy it can be to fall behind with taking photos and posting about finished projects.
I shared this Hummingbird skirt last week and mentioned that I had made a top that matched the pocket lining. Well, here’s the top I was referring to.
I found the knit that I used for this top at one of my favorite thrift stores. This material was part of the thrift haul, I mentioned in this post. I believe it was $2 for about 4 yards! It is super lightweight, so unfortunately I have to wear an undershirt with it to go out in public. It’s perfect for days that I’m at home and want to stay cool though. Continue reading