Now for the day you’ve all been waiting for! I know super deep V cut dresses are not for everyone. So today I’ll be making the Chelsea Party Dress a little more accessible for folks on any spectrum of the chest coverage scale by sharing how you can hack your dress to add a little more modesty up front!
Before diving into the video I want to stress that I still recommend making a muslin of these changes to see how it works on your body. The more height you are adding to the front neckline will have different effects on how the V neck will fall, and of course varying body types differ.
Another thing to keep in mind is the Chelsea bodice is drafted with very little ease in order for it to sit snuggly against the body and hold everything in, almost like a bra. When adding coverage, especially for fuller busts, you may find the need to move the whole center front seam over (not just the top) for more wearing ease.
Check out the video below for a full tutorial on how to raise the center front point on the Chelsea Party Dress:
I can’t wait to see all of your interpretations in making this dress to best suit your unique body.
Join me tomorrow when we dive into construction, and I will share how to sew a princess seam… without pins!!! (bah bah baaaaaaaaaaaaa)
Once you’ve made the necessary adjustments to the paper pattern, you are ready to cut it out in fabric. So get those scissors out and I will see y’all tomorrow!