My favorite method of pattern alteration has always been Pivot & Slide from Nancy Zeiman's Fitting Finesse. But, for the first time, pivot and slide didn't work for me. What's a mother to do?
My "otherwise perfect" daughter has a difficult body to fit. She has always been an athlete. She's played soccer, basketball and currently runs track. Her body is well developed in some places and over-developed in other places. Her back is broad, but she barely fills an A-cup. This made the strapless bodice a fitting nightmare. There was just enough room in the back of the dress and too much room in the bust area. If I'd used the pivot and slide technique as described in Fitting Finesse to decrease the bust, I would have decreased the entire circumference of the bodice, including the back. So, I turned to Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit. Betzina presented a method that specifically addressed a small bust in a princess seamed dress. The changes are applied to the bust area in the front of the dress and not the back. It's a good thing I had Fast Fit and an alternative method for altering the pattern. (Another reason to buy all the sewing books you possibly can.) I got a much better fit in the bust area, but I still may have to include the straps to hold the top closer to her chest.
Now, more about the "otherwise perfect" daughter. Her Senior Prom is less than a month away. I'm in a panic because I desperately wish I had more time to work on the dress. In the past, getting her to cooperate and try on anything has always been a challenge. After she tried on the first muslin, I finished the alterations and made the second muslin of only the bodice. I needed DD to try on the second muslin. She had the nerve to ask me, "Can we limit these fittings to one a night?" I have less than a month to finish the dress and she wants to establish limits! BUZZZ! Sorry, that's wrong! Teens must be the most self-centered beings on earth. Even more self-centered than panicky, stressed-out mothers!