Sep 10, 2011

Making the Muslin for My Bombshell Dress

It's not your fault that the clothes you buy don't fit your body. They were made to fit someone who is a "perfect 10" (or 4, 6, 8, 12, etc. etc.), which few of us are. And making something as fitted as the Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress is the fastest way to understanding exactly why the clothes you buy don't fit your body. Like today I learned my back is three sizes smaller than the rest of me. I guess that's better than the alternative, but it can throw things off — bra size, for example. 

I made it through the first five lessons in Gretchen Hirsch's online sewing course at And as you can see, I have a pretty decent muslin made for the bodice now. I had to adjust my pattern to make bigger cups to account for the fact that my boobs start in my armpits. If the tummy looks loose on my dressform here it's because it was made to fit me, not my mannequin (this dressform hasn't had a baby).
 Want to see how many pieces go into making something so fitted? Nine pieces for the front bodice:
Four pieces in the back. Plus it's all lined. And there's a skirt of course. Still, I am making decent progress. I may actually pull this off. But I don't have boning, needle punch, Petersham or boning casing in my sewing studio/apartment foyer. In fact, I don't even know what three of those four things are. SO this project could still go off the rails. But I'm loving the video tutorials at I think this will be so worth the $25 course fee. I was watching one of Gretchen's videos today when my three-year-old walked in. Lucy stared at the screen and then said, "Is that you?" Gretchen has short, dark bangs, distinctive black framed eyeglasses — and is covered in tattoos. Sometimes I wonder if my family even looks at me at all.


  1. I'm loving the course too, but the structured bodice is making me realise how awkward my body shape must really be. And that I must be rockin' some giraffe genetics. I'm cool with that.

    Just found your blog, love your writing style (and your clothes!). Sorry to hear about your mugging. That sounds insincere, but I mean it. That sux. Good on you for being a survivor. Double good on you for being a soon-to-be-wearing-a-smoking-hot-well-fitted-dress survivor!

  2. Thanks, Reana. Retail therapy always helps, but sewing therapy is even better!

  3. Any tips for increasing the bust cups? I'm stumped and I have DDs.

    1. Hey Grace,

      I don't have any tips for increasing the cup size (the only adjustment I made to the bust of mine was bringing the neckline up for a little more coverage), BUT I know that in the Bombshell dress class, Gertie does include a lesson on how to make the bust bigger. So if you're willing to spend the money on the class, I know that's in there. It's a really great class if you can swing it. I learned a lot of new techniques. It may help you in the future with amending patterns to fit your bust.



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