I took the 50's Bombshell Dress class by Gretchen Hirsch from Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing and it changed how I sew forever. The class is set up into sections with videos for each part of the sewing process. She explains everything very succinctly and the camera is always at a good angle so you can see what's happening.
The class starts with making a muslin, fitting it to your body, and altering the pattern. I have to say, I would not normally be able to wear a dress of this type off the rack, vintage or new. I'm too straight, not a lot of curves happening here. This class showed me I could make a sweet vintage style dress that fits like a glove!
Some pics of my progress....
|Completed bodice outside|
|All the hidden goodies|
|Lots of couture hand-stitched details on the inside|
|Pretty perfectly hidden lapped zipper|
|Spiral steel boning for the bodice|
|Steel boning offers lots of support as well as flexibility|
|Boning casing in the liner (I see some corset-making in my future!)|
|Finished interior: vintage style pinked seam allowances, pink ribbon waist stay, hand-stitched in liner with spiral steel boning, grosgrain ribbon zipper guard. Love all this and no one will ever see it :)|