I’m considering making a dress (Vogue 2725), which has no bust darts. I need to alter the pattern 2″ – 3″ between the bust and hips. For the bust area would it be better to : a- add a dart (and if so how wide); or, b- leave the pattern intact and add the additional width to the side seams?
I think the dress would hang better with the addtion of a dart. What’s your take on this?
The next question I have is regarding the order of pattern alterations, particularly if I do decide to add the dart. I believe I’ve read that alterations should start at the top and go down? If that is the case, should I add the dart, and then shorten the length between the neck and waist, or vice versa. Afterwards, should I then go into working on the circumference?
I do hope I am making sense as I get confused in these areas, especially the order of alterations. I too am a believer of ‘if I have a question(s) then, I’m sure someone else does too.’
The help Digest Members provide on these issues, I’m sure will benefit not only me but other sewists as well.
P. S. I am good at garment construction, and working on becoming, with your help, really good at initial alterations! :-}