Crochet/Custom Fitting a Garment
I am about to start crocheting a tunic for myself. Because I am well endowed, making the garment to fit my bust leaves me with a baggy garment around my waist. (waist + 10" = bust)
I have thought of starting the garment at the lower edge, the size to fit my hips/waist and increasing my number of stitches as the garment grows so it will fit my bust when I get that far up the garment.
Any suggestions about how I could do that? Or is this the 'right' approach?
Thanks for the question.
This project will be a good one. You have the right approach. You can either work from top down, with decreases or bottom up with increases. I would suggest Top to bottom, that way you can accommodate the top, to make sure it fits, till about center of bust, then do a gentle decrease so that it will hang better and look better. If you just accommodate and do decreases after the bust, you will have a garment that will be distorted, specially after a few uses / washes. Remember that the fibers will soften and with use the garment will stretch a bit.
I suggest to do the increases / decreases only in the front and not in the back, that way you have a smooth back. This is where the challenge will be since you will need to alter the pattern to meet you need. Its almost like adding darts in a fabric garment.
Gentle decrease = decrease over a few rows, rather than decreasing all in one row- this you will need to play with and do as you go, to make sure the garment is looking the way you want it to look.
Hope this helped.