It’s the oldest joke ever, but it still makes me laugh :)
So, last week, I was sort of banished from my little sewing machine because my sewing room became a guest room which was in service with all the family and such. How did I fill my time then?
Well, I finally got around to working on a bodice block which I’ve been meaning to do forever. Excepting the fact that I measured all sorts of wrong, it wasn’t hard at all! I actually really enjoyed working on it. When I discovered on tries 1 and 2 that things were terribly askew, I was only the tiniest bit frustrated about starting all over. Really, all my frustration came from not yet realizing that I’d measured SO VERY WRONG.
By the by, I used this tutorial from Madalynne. I did a lot of reading and searching around to find good instructions that didn’t use the metric system. I mean–I could have done a metric version, but being an American gal, I think in inches not centimeters. I did also find a good tutorial from Sky Turtle, but her instructions were a little more confusing to my brain. Now that I’ve got the hang of it (And by “hang of it,” I mean I feel significantly less overwhelmed than I used to), I think I’d like to do her version to compare.
Just a word about measurements: If you are measuring yourself, GET THEE TO A MIRROR. Seriously, I don’t know what I was thinking the first few times I tried measuring myself just standing around in my room. After my second failure, I redid all my measuring in front of a mirror and discovered all but one of my original measurements was wrong.
This is my first drawing:
I didn’t take pictures of my second try–but oh man, it was so wrong. Let’s just say that it maybe might have worked if I had no arms. Or a rib cage.
My third attempt was successful, I think. I still need to draw the back bodice, true the front and back, and then make a muslin. Then I’ll be able to tell if I was anywhere close to reality. For the back bodice, I’m getting someone else to measure me. There’s no way I can measure my back and get it right. I am wondering now if I should just get my happy helper to do all the measurements again and check them against my originals. It’s probably more accurate when someone else measures you, right? And then I’ll get to draw it all over again! FUN TIMES!
You are aware that I’m sort of a nerd, right? I thought so.
I did discover through this process that I’m not so great at using my French curves. I spent way more time on the neckline and armholes than the rest of the drawing altogether and still didn’t get things quite right. I should probably see if someone has some wisdom to share out there. (Hint, hint, readers. Wisdom? Anyone?)
And now I’m going to get caught up on my blog reading. I didn’t check in at all last week, so things are just piling up! Which is okay, because there’s nothing happening at work right now. I gotta keep busy, one way or another :)