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Bertha Frustrations

I finished the last bertha panel yesterday, sewed the four panels together, and pinned them along my neckline just to make sure everything was working. Except, it wasn't. I already knew that the bottom of the bertha at the CF was poufing out too much, so I pinned about 5" out of it. But then, of course, the bottom of the CB is way too small. Actually the CB even at the top is a little too short.

I was aiming to have the berthe go all the way to the edge of the bodice, and either meet edge to edge or overlap a tiny bit. But instead, it's basically going until just before the lacing. I have seen that on extant bodices, but it's not my favorite. But at the bottom of the CB of the berthe, it's about 4-5" too short to reach the edge. I doubt that releasing the excess in the front and pulling it to the back will really work (though it would certainly be nice if it did!). 

So anyway, I'm going to attempt to lace myself into the bodice this evening, and see what the bertha looks like when the bodice is actually on me, and not on a dress form that it totally doesn't fit. I think if it doesn't fit, I'm going to open up the shoulder seams of the bertha and add additional sections in there, because I feel like adding them at the back would make it obvious I was too short. 

In any case, this is clearly making this project take way longer than I wanted it to. Sigh. 

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