The Felicity Dress Sew Along - Lengthening and Shortening Bodice Pieces

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I know that it was supposed to be Bust Adjustment week here at the Felicity Dress Sew Along, but as I was writing it up, I realised that you might need to know how to add a lengthen/shorten line to your bodice first!! So, we'll get to the bust and pivoting darts next week - sorry if you were looking forward to that one. I'll make it up to you - that post is HUGE!!

I opted not to put a Lengthen/Shorten line on the Felicity Bodice mostly because each size would have needed its own (due to the curve of the waistline). When I did that, the pattern ended up looking really messy and trying to find the correct lengthen/shorten line for your size would have probably ended up taking longer than just drawing it in yourself. But don't worry, it's very easy.

I do talk about how to add one in the instructions, but it's always nice to have a visual tutorial, so, this is how you do it -

* My drawings aren't to scale.

1. Measure up from your waistline 2.5cm (1inch) and mark. Do this along the entire length of your bodice waistline.

2. Using a curved ruler or free-hand (or a straight ruler, but you'll want to add more marks in step 1 so you get a relatively accurate curve) join your marks up.

3. Repeat for the back bodice.

4. Done!! Now you can lengthen/shorten your bodice to your heart's content using this tutorial.

See ya next week!

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