Sunday, January 7, 2018

Gertie's Sundress and Bolero

B6453 Dress + B6354 Bolero : Muslin in ugly sheets!

I am 5'3" and was 40-33-40 and about 165 lbs when I made this dress in July 2017. Here are my muslin pictures (sorry for the ugly old sheet used) in case you are a similar size and were wondering where to start...

I made B6453 in size 14 bodice with a FBA and a skirt size 18 at waist and graded to 14-16 at hips. My FBA was also uncentered so the princess seams would fall at my apex : I added more to the front side princess seams (3/4 in) than to the center panel princess seams (1/2 in) and I shorten the skirt by 6 in at the shortening line and tapered the skirt by slashing and siding by about 3 in below the hips line.

I also made the B6354 Bolero by Gertie, but didn't made an FBA ; next time I will... I made my final dress in a tropical cotton sateen but I do not have good picture of myself in it yet... 

My 40th Luau Birthday Party!


  1. Happy Birthday! I just wanted to thank you for the updated Craftsy Montreal Shopping Directory. I have used it a couple of times on my trips to Montreal, and especially like Stretch Text. He carries sheer cup bra lining. I took a class with Monserratt and so enjoyed spending time with her--she is an excellent bra maker and an inspiration! Thank you, again!

    1. Thnaks for the birthday wishes! You're welcome Donna! I am glad my directory helps seamstress fnd their perfect fabric and I hope it will help stores to stay open in Montreal! Yes, isn't Monserratt so fun to hang out with! I love her! I finally sewn my second bra, I should blog about it... :D