- There are a few ways you can work around this. The first is to insert darts (my dresses often gape around the back because of my bust). I took some photos,Message 1 of 10 , Jan 10, 2010View SourceThere are a few ways you can work around this.
The first is to insert darts (my dresses often gape around the back because of my bust).
I took some photos, hopefully it will help:
Another way, although it may depend on how low you wear your apron, is to make the apron body as wide as above/below your bust, and then add in a small gore.
There is an example here: http://unnr.freelinuxhost.com/ReEnactment/SideSplit.html#top
Yet again, there is more than one way to make an apron dress. I have a preference for the pleated-front style, so the top hem of my dress is imply the same measurement as my chest above my breasts. The extra pleated fabric takes care of my bust.
It looks like this: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v244/quokkaqueen/garb/?action=view¤t=purple_wool.jpg
A similar thing might happen if you were wearing a drapey-front apron based on the Pskov find:
It is difficult to give specific advice without knowing what particular apron dress style you are trying to modify. Some of the looser styles may fit better with a slightly different strap placement, for example.
> OK, this was in reference to T tunics, but I suppose it could work for
> Viking apron dresses. Actually, what issue I have is the upper hem gaps away
> from my body since it is large enough to fit the bust, but far too loose to
> fit above. Out of desperation, I inserted narrow elastic to pull it in, it
> solved the problem, but oh so not period...
- There are two ways-- use your shoulder width to make up the centre panel of the tunic, and then add fairly wide gores from above the waistline so that itMessage 2 of 10 , Jan 10, 2010View SourceThere are two ways-- use your shoulder width to make up the centre panel of the tunic, and then add fairly wide gores from above the waistline so that it should skim over your hips. (A lot of 13-14th century styles do that.)
eg. the gowns from Herjolfsnes
The second option, as you mentioned, is to cut the panel to fit over your hips, and then taper the panel down towards your shoulders. There is what is probably a mans' tunic from Viking-age Heddeby that has a shaped panel that is almost like this. It has slightly shaped armholes, which makes it look a little strange.
http://www.fruehes-handwerk.de/hallveig/?p=416 (Apologies, it's in German.)
I hope that sounds close to what you were reckoning.
(My closest experience is fitting guys with impressive beer-bellies, so I can't claim to be an expert.)
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com, "Jacki/Erica" <edenwild@...> wrote:
> I too have fitting issues. I am a 44 bust and a 49 middle (about where my
> waist should be - it's in there somewhere). In using rectangular
> construction, should I go by the 'waist' measurement instead of the bust,
> then tweak the bust to fit?
> Elspeth Bouchannane
> Oertha, West
- That had been my proposed solution but thought to see if that was a feasible idea. Many thanks for the help Elspeth Bouchannane Oertha WestMessage 3 of 10 , Jan 12, 2010View SourceThat had been my proposed solution but thought to see if that was a feasible
idea. Many thanks for the help