Why, hello! I hope you are all enjoying the new crispness in the air that signifies the arrival of fall disgusting humidity and rain that is going on in NYC right now! Ah, September in the city!
I have to beg for your expert guidance yet again, gals! I’m working on Simplicity 2444 for my mother, and I need to add some width to the waistline (5”, to be exact… I knew that the waist measurement for the size 12 wasn’t even close, but for some reason I thought I would just make it as is in case there was a huge amount of ease in the pattern… dumb…). So I need to add 5” to the waist—should I do this at the sides? The hitch in this is that I also need to nip in the armhole a bit. Should I add 1 ¼” to each side, then just taper it in dramatically to the armhole? The bust fits perfectly, so I don’t want to disturb that. Basically, the fabric doesn’t meet along the back and forms a sort of open triangle at the lower center back (I was super rushed fitting the muslin and didn’t have time to take photos—nooooo!). I can’t seem to find any tips online and I’m worried about getting this right, especially since I won’t see my mom again until the day of the wedding (!).
Question #2: I need to add 1” to the bodice length and the darts also need to be lowered 1”—is there a way to do this in one fell swoop? The darts scare me!
What do you guys think?