13 Mar Better in Bluffton
For the third weekend in a row, I am away from home. All good but each weekend has involved planning a suitable wardrobe and packing a suitcase.
Greetings from the lovely Montage Palmetto Bluff resort in Bluffton, SC, an outstanding resort nestled along the May River and home to numerous sunbathing alligators 😉
Hubby is working and I am playing, but the weekend is full of activities that require thoughtful dressing. I panicked as I started packing my suitcase since my sewing has been off track and a new season has arrived.
Looking at this dress in my closet evoked an unpleasant reaction since I knew it never fit me properly. The darts were too high and the front was too loose ~ an unusual combination.
While the style was ideal for the one meeting I would attend with my husband over the weekend, I did not want to be uncomfortable and awkward with constant tugging etc…
I had one hour to shop for something to wear or sew. I sewed.
Maybe you’ve seen this wonderful BurdaStyle tutorial on how to lower a bust dart which is based on a Sandra Betzina technique. I use this adjustment often, but did not have the luxury of starting from scratch this time.
To make the alteration work on a finished garment, I:
1. Removed 8″ of stitching from the side seams
2. Carefully picked out the stitching from the darts.
3. Relocated the dart line.
4. Stitched the dart and closed the sides.
It was easier than I expected, but the slack still remained in the front. I added two optional vertical darts based on the McCall’s pattern and here is the result.
SIDE: (double click to see vertical front darts)
The obvious moral of the story is to do things properly the first time ~ I’m lucky I had a second chance with this garment!
P.S……………Hubs refused to take my photograph with the bathing beauties I photographed for the featured image 🙂