Saturday was super gloomy around these parts, so I had plenty of time to try another go around with the Crepe dress. This time I had mild success. As Tasia of Sewaholic suggested, I cut out the bodice in the size that fit my bust (size 0) and will grade out to my hip measurement. After tracing the seamlines with black thread, I basted the bodice together.
Yes, it's still too big. I'm wondering how this could be since my bust measurement is exactly what size 0 is fitted for. The back was a bit baggy too.
I started pinching in fabric to try and make this thing fit correctly. In her Crepe sew along, Gertie suggested taking in the length and side seams to adjust for a smaller bust. These methods worked! Hurrah!
The fitting is still a little off. The darts fall in the wrong spots, and, after double checking the markings on my muslin with the pattern pieces, I realized that the indicators for where the sash goes are way too high on my torso. I'm going to do a little more research on my body measurements, but at first guess I think this is because I am long-waisted. If this turns out to be true, I'll have to add length in the waist area to accommodate this. Yes, that means another muslin. At least we're making progress!
I also cut out and traced the seam allowances on the pattern pieces in preparation for the Crescent Skirt sew along, which starts today. I'm excited to finally be participating in a sew along! I just have to pick up some muslin from Joann after work and I'll be on my way to making a wearable skirt. Stay tuned for progress updates!