She did the mash, she did the pattern mash, (the pattern mash). It was a cutting room smash (she did the mash) It was over in a flash (she did the mash) She did the pattern mash. Waaaaa Ooooooo.....
Now that I've evilly infected you all with an ear worm let's take a look a the next dress in our parade.
The New Look bodice did need a major length adjustment for my short waisted self. New Look did not provide any shorten/lengthen lines which seems like a major oversight for this type of design. You don't want to just chop off the pleats at the bottom! Fortunately my latent pattern drafting brain cells kicked and reminded me how to do it. I even took pics so everyone gets a How-to.
How to Shorten a Wrap bodice
Draw a line perpendicular to the grain line on the upper part of the bodice. You want it to be above the pleats. New Look 6097 side seam notch was in a perfect place for this guide line.
Mark the amount of length you need to remove by drawing a second guide line parallel to the first guide line. I needed to remove 2" so the guide lines were 2" apart. You can draw the second line either above or below the first. Mine is drawn in above.
Fold the pattern so the guide line 1 meets guide line 2. Tape the fold down. Now your bodice is shorter but we have a jagged looking neckline.
Tape some paper behind the fold in the neckline area. Using a french curve or a hip curve eyeball a new curve for the neckline. Whatever looks aesthetically pleasing to you is correct. Some parts of pattern drafting are precise and some are just winging it. This is a winging it moment. I decided to take away paper on the lower part of the pattern. My bust sits low so I need less fabric in that location.
Cut off the extra paper and then repeat these steps for the other side of the bodice. Since the back has no pleats I took the easy route and just cut 2" off the bottom. Easy peasy.
One last tweak to the bodice was to take in the bottoms of the sleeves. I overlocked the underarm part of the sleeve so that it was flush with the side seam. This took care of the bottoms of the sleeve flopping around in an odd manner. I think the armhole is a little bigger than it needs to be, but this is an easy fix for a RTW look.
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