This is the back bodice of the Colette Peony, US size 8, no alterations. The blue line at the bottom represents the waistline and as you can see it is way too high - just like the front bodice had been. I also noted that the neckline was standing away from me somewhat. This is because I have.... a.... *sigh*.... dowagers hump!
Then I got stuck. I could see there was excess fabric, but that it also seemed to be pulling inwards. I tried two tactics...
to the left in the photograph I let out some room at the side seam to see if eradicating the fabric pull would solve it. In my mind it made it worse. So after some research I thought it was possible I also had... *sigh*.... *sigh*.... a sway back. I altered the bodice to take this into account and it seemed to work better. You can see the safety pins holding the excess fabric on the above photo.
I transferred these changes onto my paper pattern and made a final muslin. You can note two important things in the photo above 1. a lot of the fabric pull has gone - it's probably not perfect but there was enough ease to make it feel comfortable and 2. I had finally taken pity on Mr HoffiCoffi and stopped my constant demands to be pinned back into this thing and inserted a zip!
The bright yellow pieces are the original pattern and the lined paper you can see are all my alterations. On the plus side I have a better fitting bodice than I have ever achieved before, on the minus side I have a dowagers hump and a sway back! Swings and roundabouts.
Let me just cheer myself up with a photo of some fabulous patterns I managed to get in the charity shop this weekend for only a pound each! Do I need any more cute seventies dresses? Yes... yes I do.