I signed up for Gertie’s Bombshell Dress course last year. And all I did was watch the lessons on my phone. One of Steve’s friends is getting married in September and the bf likes the lines of bombshell dress. Seems like a good time to work on the bombshell dress.
I have what could be considered, ahem, a very full bust. Even though there is a lesson for adjusting the Burda pattern bust cups for a full bust – it seemed inadequate for a very full bust. doing some internet research on this dress pattern, I found Mezzo Couture’s posts on her experience. Her finished dress looked fantastic, but she had the darndest time with construction.
So, in order to avoid some of this angst, I got the bright idea to draft my own bra cups. Foundations Revealed is a fantastic site and has 2 free bra-making lessons. Using the free lessons, I drafted the white bra cup. Then I graded it to the brown..
I’ve never used printable patterns before: the Burda pattern included with the Craftsy course is printable (30 pages!). I cut out the bra cup pieces and then taped them together to gauge how much grading I needed to do.
I made a second draft bra cup, cut it into 3 corresponding pieces and went about grading… I used the slide technique outlined in the Foundations Revealed lesson to do the piece grading. And here is the end result.
I spent a lot of time laughing during this process. Steve asked if I was making a hat pattern at one point! It could double as a hat pattern… yeah. As for the rest of the bodice pieces, I graded them up based on my 1 dress muslin. I’ve got to test this out in fabric next.
9.30.12 ETA: Make sure to add the corresponding length to pattern piece 4. In my case, I need to add 3 3/8 inches.