I don't like this back skirt. It's an A-line and doesn't match the degree of fullness in the front.
Here she's wearing her muslin "bra". I was taught to do this in school but don't know if it's "right". Iow, if this is standard practice.
Here's the bridge I mentioned, floating the neckline off the chest a tad
Here's the front neckline, the yoke and center band as it were.
another view of the bridge. I'm not sure why I did this. It was an intuitive thing. I do know I didn't want it plastered to the chest wall. Plus, my chest is shaped differently, I was thinking the neckline might end up too tight.
The band/front yoke finished.
Adding the front. I hate adding gathers. I'll add more once I get to paper. This needs more fullness over the bust. Otherwise, this top says "look at my bizoobies"!
Here I've added a loose dart, cupping the bust. I may end up making this a tuck rather than a dart, with the fullness pointing in the opposite direction btw.
Here I've added the lower front midriff piece. Not well defined yet.
Midriff is finished. Sorry it's blurry. It was dark in here and I don't like the flash.
Here I've added the upper skirt band, just starting to shape it.
This is the wedge I cut out of the muslin to shape the front skirt drape.
The front skirt drapes nicely. Doesn't look quite as nice tho once I trimmed length off the skirt, removing the weight.
Here's the front completed. Skirt looks wonky in the photo but it's fine. Really.
You can't see the upper back yoke but it's under the back piece that I've started to lay on top. Those furrows are supposed to be gathers. Those pins off to the right, near the side seam are just keeping the piece together. My muslin was too small -which I only figured out after I'd done the hard parts.
Here I've added the lower back waist midriff, matching up to the front midriff.
Here is that back peplum like style line of the upper back skirt. It stops about an inch shy of CB. Interesting.
Here's a close up of the same. The pencil line marks the boundary of the piece, not the fabric.
The first back skirt trial is the larger wedge. Try #2 is the second wedge.
Here is back skirt drape #2. I don't like it. Two big flounces off to either side.
More surgery, trial #3
Here's the draped back skirt, trial #3 is much improved. Flounces are balanced.
Front view, completed.
Another view of the front.
A side view. The back skirt looks fuller than the front. I may have to correct that. Also, my bum isn't nearly as round as this form's is. My bust doesn't stick out like that either. Ah, the joys of being middle aged.
A three quarter view, favoring the back.
The back finished. More or less. Now how do I take this thing off her?