Let me be the first to admit that I am not a seamstress. My mother taught me the basics many, many years ago. The rest I have picked up on my own, mostly by struggling through pattern instructions, and very much by trial and error. Lots of error. What follows is my unscientific take on adapting a pattern for my JID girls.
The pattern in question is Kiss & Tell, from Adams-Harris Pattern Company, designed for Elfdoll Sooah, large bust. I have had some success in the past reducing SD patterns on the photocopier to make them fit MSD dolls, so I attacked this project without a doubt that I could make the pattern work. Just to be sure, I photocopied it at three different reductions: 75 percent, 80 percent, and 85 percent. I knew that 75 percent would be too small to fit JIDs; I made that reduction anyway, thinking I could use it for some of my smaller girls. I was pretty sure 80 percent would work, but I made the 85 percent just in case, because these girls are broad across the back and hips. Three sizes. What could go wrong?
|The jumper pattern pieces at 85 %, with darts sewn, |
including front placket and front pleat.
At that point I could have ripped out the seams and made adjustments, but I figured it would take less time to cut another bodice using the 80 percent pattern. This also gave me a chance to choose a lining fabric that had less tendency to fray. I found a smaller size lace. Hey, this one was going to work!
|The 85 % bodice on top. Below it, the 80 % bodice is |
pinned to the skirt prior to sewing.
|With no room for a blouse, it looks like|
we'll have to call this one a sundress.
|Close-up showing front button detail.|
Wig from IpleHouse. The color is Siena -- a rich dark red.