First I cut the front. It is not a straight cut. The front is a bit longer and curved towards the center. Again, because of those breasts.
Now that we are clear, let's move on. I had to do some math. The waist was almost 10 inches smaller than the dress. I knew I should add 2 darts in the front (right under the breast pleats), 2 at the sides and 2 or 3 in the back. I settled on 3 for the back. I did some calculations and I tried to place them as evenly as possible and this took a bit of tinkering. All the darts were 9 inches long, the length to my hips. I also had to add darts to the top. So, darts were pinned at the sides, right under the armpit, and 3 in the back. Two of the back darts ran quite high up the shirt. Again, I had to do a lot of pinning, trying on, and unpinning to get it right.
I cut a 40 by 4 inch strip of corduroy, and sewed it together lengthwise. I left a bit opened at the end. Turned it right side out, ironed it, so the seam would be in the middle and pinned it to the dress.
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