I’d never have believed it had not my secretary sent me an email with exactly that as the idea behind how to fit a bodice for a historical pattern!
Yes, it seems that if you have a roll of duct tape, two tee-shirts, scissors and a friend to help you, you can actually create a custom-fit pattern for the person who will very shortly, be modeling the duct tape. (wink) The article is very simple to read, some pretty easy advice on how to do it and I think a clever way to over come all the problems of having to have technical sewing prowess about altering patterns.
If you’d like to read the article, here is the link directly to the page in which the technique is described. http://www.reddawn.net/costume/bodice2.htm
If anyone has done this, lemme know. I’m curious how well this works out, especially since I happen to be a short-waisted, large-chested woman who ALWAYS has to alter patterns!
Happy sewing to you all from Seattle located in the lush and green NW corner of the United States!! Auntie Rita