And now onto Susan's bodice muslin.
If it looks like Susan is being fitted in a public café...hey, we were a little pressed for time -- and space! Luckily we finished just before the lunch rush.
There was approximately 1/2" excess height in Susan's right shoulder. I pinned this out. Overall, the back doesn't look too bad. I quickly realized that Susan's back waist is roughly 1" higher than her front waist.
The area that needed the greatest alteration is the front armhole. I pinned out a good-sized dart on both sides.
To make this more of a "You Are There" experience, here's a short video (after some pinning):
These instructions from Dorothy Moore's book should help me to relocate that shoulder dart.
I'm hoping to be able to produce an improved bodice this weekend and then take it from there. The good news is I'm learning a lot.
If you have any fitting-related insights to share, I'd love to hear from you.
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