Seriously, this stupid toile/muslin is getting to be an albatross around my neck!
Okay, so on the last episode of "what does that wrinkle mean?", I was unsuccessfully trying to fix my back with a sway back alteration. (Okay, enough quotation marks).
Nothing I pinned seemed to look right, and they all pulled up the hem at the back (which I've heard sway back adjustments aren't meant to do). So, after I made myself a dressform, I finally had the freedom to pin it on the dressform instead of pinning, then trying on, then photographing (tedium).
Surely this would solve all my problems? If only...
I couldn't see the "horizontal wrinkles" that a sway back was mean to cause. I umm-ed and ahh-ed, pushed the fabric and prodded and poked my dress form, full of confusion. Isn't the fabric supposed to tell you what to do? So... I just grabbed it and put some pins in it where they wanted to go.
|Umm... don't know what those wrinkles in front are doing...just... ignore them for now. They were there before I pinned the back anyway.|
Hang on a minute, this seems to have helped! More confusion as I had pinned out practically the opposite of a swayback- instead of horizontal, I'd pinned vertical... Hmm. I started to wonder again if I was able to do fitting.
So, I've been stewing on this for days now. I will even admit to tossing and turning in my sleep over it. I'm thinking- maybe I never had a sway back? Maybe I simply have some kind of small/narrow back, and a big caboose? And, if I am to take out vertical excess, I can't simply add it to the existing darts right? (I don't know, there's something in my brain saying you can't make a dart super wide for some reason. Too much pointness?) The only thing I can think of is maybe creating two darts? Hmmmm. So many questions. So very many questions.
I've been thinking about maybe getting out some library books on fitting, but I'm a little scared they'll add to the brain stew, and I could end up with a steamed brain! lol.
I also realised that on the first dress I made, and on a recent bodice toile, I had back issues too!
Please excuse these awful pictures.
|Before and After. Saggy back made me look pregnant. I took the back waistband in by 6cm I believe|
|And here, please do excuse the dodgy looking photo.|
So basically I seem to have a strange back. It looks like it might be extra thin back there or something. I don't even know if that's a thing. Gosh, my brain is a mess right now! I've been going over and over this in my head, and looking for answers- it's enough to drive you bonkers!
Any feedback or help is so appreciated!
I'll look back on this one day and laugh right?