Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pastille Dress Alterations

Updated 6:30 2/15/2012

I am short waisted, very short waisted. My back waist length is 14.5", I've even had my measurement checked by a much more experienced seamstress/pattern designer (Cynthia Guffey). She didn't believe me that my measurement was correct until she measured it herself & had to agree that I am that short waisted.
So with the Pastille dress I needed to find the back waist length & make my usual adjustment. Upon measuring the back bodice piece, which measured 16.5", I knew I needed to take up 2", which is very common for me.

Then on top of that I need to do a small bust adjustment since I am maybe an A cup, maybe.

Front Bodice with SBA and short torso adjustments
Back Bodice with short torso adjustment

I reviewed the SBA tutorials on Rhinestones & Telephones, The Slapdash Sewist, and Hungry Zombie Couture
I did my SBA then shortened the torso.
Oh and I am loving my tracing paper mentioned here it is working perfectly for all the alterations & tracing.
Well, hope everyone is having a good afternoon.
Blessed Be, Alyssa


  1. Wonderful job!!! I can't wait to see your finished Pastille! :)

  2. Alyssa, I have exactly the same problem, I have a 14.5 inch back also! You can check my blog and my struggles with this same dress. Somehow, I have never noticed it on any other items I've made. Almost all modern patterns are developed for a 16 inch or longer length. But why? I'm 5'5" so I'm not considered petite but that one measurement is most definitely petite. So what do you do to the pattern to reduce the length?


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