Kerri (solan_t) wrote,

Lavender silk skirt and underbust.

This started with the skirt. Then I had to decide what I planned to wear WITH it. I had been playing around with altering the Laughing Moon Silverado to fit me, but failed rather sadly when it came to fitting the bust. (Even posted about it a few months ago.) The thought finally occurred to me that the pattern, as I had it, fit rather nicely up to the bust - why not just leave off the bust? Thus the plan for this underbust was born. I was delighted to find that I had enough of the proper sized scraps of the silk left to make the underbust, too. Lovely!

There are two "B" gores at each hip, the busk is 12", there are four 1/2" bones (around the grommets) and I have 20 1/4" bones around the rest. Although I didn't need them for bust support anymore, I still put three bones in each side-bust panel. In only one set of panels did I forget to take the layers apart before sewing the boning tape to the coutil, so most of the bones are not obvious.

The measurements while laying flat are:
Underbust: 31"
Waist: 26"
Hips: 38"
Waist to underbust: 5"

I put these on hastily, so the lacing is uneven and the skirt isn't completely square. But then, perhaps I just had it pulled too tight. Also, I KNOW this was cut out precisely on grain (it's rather easy if you happen to draw a line along a twill change, then lay the pattern piece over that, with the grain line right over the drawn line, right?) but the busk twists anyway. I guess that means my body is the problem. Phooey.

From the front

From the back

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