The Perfect Fit!

Kelly Holderby

Posted on June 23 2022

One of our SFD customers, Caroline from Santiago Chile, is a perfectionist. And look at the results!  Caroline wanted her SFD Dress Kit bodice and skirt fit to be just perfect and 'perfect' she achieved.  She'd already sewn a couple of test bodices, and was basically happy with the results.  But she sent me this photo asking how to remove the final issue, being the small fold in the lower third of the armscye.  (See the orange arrow).  Other than this small fold, she'd achieved almost total perfection - wouldn't you agree?

My instructions to her were to fold this small amount out of the armhole and let it open up in the side bust dart.  But when I received her email I was on a short vacation...and she was heading to a wedding the next day.  So she went ahead and sewed her fashion dress without this change.  She copied a Dolce & Gabbana designer dress and off to the wedding she went.

 The D & G designer original.

She didn't have time for the custom belt, but it was coming...just after the wedding.  Isn't this setting in Santiago beautiful - just perfect for a wedding.

But after the wedding, Caroline went ahead with the armhole and bust dart refinement.  Even though this next photo is a little fuzzy, you can see that she overlapped the amount of the fold in the armscye and let it open up in the side bust dart.  See the orange arrows.


This process shortened the front armscye, which means the sleeve cap front needed to be shortened as well so that there wasn't too much to ease into the armscye.  Here's a look at her finished bodice pattern pieces.
Here's the final 'muslin' - fit to perfection.
Then, she hand-crafted the complimentary belt.
The result is stunning.  Wouldn't you agree it fits her to a 'T'?

If you'd prefer to watch a short video on making this pattern refinement, please click on the video below.
Here's one last look at this awesome setting.
I know she'd love to hear your praise...just leave a comment below...she deserves lots of cudos!

Happy Sewing!
Glenda the Good Stitch
Glenda...the Good Stitch!

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    This is a stunningly beautiful dress! It fits to perfection ! You have inspired me to keep adjusting my sloper until it is as perfect as I can make it. I take a few steps forward, backward and am slowly refining my issues. Enjoy and keep sewing!

  • Ann Roos: November 24, 2022

    Congratulations, well done. Your dress is beautiful and fits you perfectly.

  • Nancy : August 04, 2022

    Your dress looks beautiful on you and fits your perfectly. You did an amazing job on your dress.

  • Nancy Holden: August 04, 2022

    Your dress looks beautiful on you and fits your perfectly. You did an amazing job on your dress.

  • Lisa B. : August 03, 2022

    Absolutely Beautiful Work! Keep up the great job

  • Kathy : August 01, 2022

    What a gorgeous job! Well done…I’m jealous…love the finished look and belt. I love that NO ONE else will have that design! No “same old from the racks” that everyone looks alike in. Keep up the good work.

  • Zee: July 16, 2022

    It’s absolutely stunning and perfect! It looks fabulous on you. You did an excellent job! I hope that once I tackle a dress it will fit me as well as yours fits you. Congratulations on job well done!

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