I have never done any sort of gusset, gore, or godet. The closest I have come is setting a sleeve placket, which is a strange sort of fabric magic. It's right up there with zipper flys, which come out nicely every time but I couldn't really tell you how or why. I had an idea of how to do it, but wasn't sure. I looked in a few of the sewing resource books I have around, and didn't find anything useful. So, being the sensible creature that I am (and also too lazy to paw through all the back-issues of Threads on my shelf), I immediately sought out help on the Internets. I found a very nice tutorial on machine-sewing gores posted to a blog by a local costumer. Or well, at least someone who says they are a member of the region's SCA chapter, An Tir. Thank you so much for the help, Internet!
More, including photos, of my self-taught gore lesson behind the cut.
|Little practice gore|
After the fitting session and a bit of free time, I did go back and sew the samples I had cut. The first was okay, though I was not entirely happy with the tip of the gore. The next one came out better.
|Practice makes perfect!|
Then I decided that I should try one more, and flat-fell the seams as I am planning to do on my next mockup. I sewed the gusset as normal, then trimmed the slit's seam allowance. I rolled the raw edges under, and restitched close to the edges.
|Flat-felled gore in striped fabric|
Tomorrow I will also be redoing the pattern updates, and hopefully getting started on cutting and sewing the next iteration. I'm making great progress!