(This is the picture of Gertie from her pattern book, I snagged it from Bing)
This is an extremely basic pattern - but I still tissue fit it onto Betsy (my dress form). I still cut out a quick muslin. (I solicit elderly sheets from my friends and relatives, so I always have junk fabric lying about). And even though this is such a basic pattern... there are still changes!
I'm sitting here in the muslin. It's comfy. :) I've already moved the tucks up - and my husband told me that they needed to move up yet again, so I'm going to split the tucks into doubles. I *like* tucks, so that's fine by me. Deciding how I want to deal with the lining - the eyelet will have to be moved. And sadly I think I need an extra inch around the hips. :p
I don't think I'll need a zipper once I add the extra width though. We'll find out!
One of the great benefits to being hard-to-fit is that I take all of this as just part of the sewing process. I don't get fussed about "the design says one tuck" when my body says, "do two". If two looks better on me, then two is how many there will be.
I *think* this may seriously be worth all the trouble... ;) It's cute and comfy and even in a muslin, I'm forgetting that I'm wearing it.
We shall see!