Friday, 7 February 2014

FITTING: By Hand London 'Georgia'.

I never thought I would ever say this, but I love making muslins. 

I was sold on muslins after seeing my finished Anna. All the time spent making adjustments to the muslin was definitely worth it.

The Georgia Sewalong kicked off on the 27th January and I've been eagerly following the posts.

The By Hand London girls are amazing. Not only are their sewing instructions in the pattern incredibly entertaining to read, their sewalong tutorials are so easy to understand!! Oh, and they also respond to tweets and emails!! I love you guys.

I've been staying up to midnight most nights working on my muslin. I get home from gym about 8:30pm each night and by the time I cook dinner, eat and shower it's about 10pm. 

My biggest worry about the Georgia dress was how it would fit on my hips and butt. I've always had issues with handmade fitted skirts around that area - I get strange puckering and drag lines. 

For Georgia I had to grade between 2/6 bust to 6/10 waist then back to 2/6 hips. It was tricky at the beginning and I wanted to pull my hair out but I got the hang of it, and with the help of a french curve I managed to connect the different sizes together nicely. 

Last night I did a small bust adjustment, unpicked and restitched my skirt pieces (the first time round there was a lot of puckering along the curved seams), added the straps and joined the bodice and skirt together. I pinned a zipper on to the dress so I could zip up my muslin.

My muslin looks pretty good, even though I didn't take the SA out of the skinny straps, and put them in the wrong spot haha.

By Hand London Georgia muslin
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I didn't try making the bodice without SBA so not sure how it would have fit as a "B cup", but the "A cup" looks great and fits like a glove. Thank you for the painfree tutorial BHL!

I can't believe how well the skirt fits over my bum. Am in love. If the Charlotte skirt fits like this then I want the pattern!!

I've since done a 2cm swayback adjustment and cut out the fabric for my Valentines Day dress, can't wait for the weekend so I can sew it up. I reckon my boyfriend will be very impressed with this dress when he sees it next Friday! 

Are you taking part in the sewalong? How are you going?


15 comments:

  1. Sweet! I sign up and shamefully haven't started, with starting a new job this week and my sewing machine in for repairs that whole week before, BUT fabric has been ordered and My test garment will be made this weekend!

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    1. Oh no! when do you get your machine back??? I reckon you could whip this up in no time!!! I can't believe mine is almost finished! Can't wait to see yours :)

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  2. Great work. The dress looks fab and glad you did the swayback adjustment to get it perfect! You could always use the skirt portion to make a skirt and draft a waistband (or use a well fitting one from another pattern)

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    1. Ooooooh great idea!! I'll prob end up getting the pattern anyway, I love collecting :)

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  3. Looking absolutely great so far! Nice one on making a muslin, it really is a must in a figure hugging dress like this one. And yes, I think this is def a dress for the boys... Am planning on getting another up and running for Valentine's eve :) x

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    1. Hi Charlotte!! Thank you to the BHL team for making such SEXY patterns!!

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  4. Wow! This looks amazing on you! I love love love it! Can't wait for the actual dress!

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  5. Hi Neeno!
    This is my first time to comment on your blog, but I've been following it and learning (and loving your dresses) for a while! I wanted to ask you -- where did you get the tutorial (from BHL?) for the Small Bust Adjustment? That is, (ahem!) the type of adjustment I need to make in dresses and tops. Your muslin looks just about perfect so far! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Marg, thanks for following and I'm so happy to hear my blog is helpful to you :)
      Yep, the SBA tutorial is on the By Hand London (BHL) sewalong post on their website. Are you also making the Georgia???

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  6. I was going to suggest a sway back to perfect the fit, so was glad to read that you've already done so. This dress will look fantastic!

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  7. It's looking like an amazing dress on you so far. Loving the change from your usual style too - it suits!

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  8. Your muslin looks awesome! This dress was made for you!

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  9. Neeno,
    Hi there again! Thank you SO much for posting the BHL SBA tutorial link.....Appreciate it! I'm not (yet) making the Anna...though your gorgeous Anna makes me want to put my other 2 projects on the backburner stat. ;o)

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