Of course I started these pattern alterations with my TNT dress pattern. I know this fits so why reinvent the wheel! However, I usually slice my sleeve pattern pieces down the center and add a seam to add width at the bicep area of the sleeve. But since I want lace sleeves on the Birthday Gala Dress, I really wanted a one piece sleeve so that I don't have to piece the lace.
So the sleeve alterations were the most involved in this project. The first thing that I did was to lay the sleeve from my TNT dress pattern down on the cutting table. Then I placed the sleeve from the V8666 dress on top of the TNT sleeve. On top of that I placed a piece of pattern paper ~ making a pattern sandwich. I traced the sleeve cap of the V8666 sleeve and the sides of the TNT sleeve (for the bicep width) onto the pattern paper.
Now a disclaimer ~ my sleeve pattern is a little skewed looking. It does not look like the perfect pattern pieces that come out of the envelope...BUT it is perfect for my arms. So if it looks a little funny, that's because it's fitted to me!
The Front and Back pieces were less involved. The main front piece was easy to copy. Making the pattern copying sandwich, I placed the center front lines of both the TNT dress pattern and the V8666 pattern pieces together, laid a blank piece of pattern paper on top and traced a new front pattern piece out. The same procedure was done for the main back piece, too.
The side front and back were a little more challenging to enlarge. But basically I just added two inches to the sides of each piece to make them work.
Normally, I would lay the two pattern pieces (main front & side front) together to insure that they will work together. But this time the front side is so curved that I couldn't tell by laying them next to each other...the same with the back and side back pieces. I was just hoping that they would work...though that is what muslins are for, right?!
So the pattern pieces were all cut out and serged to clean finish them...I will have more on the construction process later.
As a parting shot, here are two shots of me wearing the vest with the black turtleneck, as well as, the black ltwt stretch wool pants from my SWAP collection.
and front view
...as always, more later!