I departed from my normal sketching poses based on how the piece made me feel when I put it on and glanced at myself in profile in front of a mirror. More on that shortly.
In order to achieve my size, I graded up 2 sizes following the grading on the Merckwaerdigh pattern.
To keep the scallops in place at the back attachment, triple stitch zig zag was again employed. That stitch is stellar.
You may also notice the upper back piece is a wee bit wrinkled. That's because I had to cut the piece about 2" too short due to lack of fabric. That's the only way I could get it out of the fabric and have scallops. On the body - it smooths out and looks great!
Interlude: I'm feeling the "Thong Song" coming on... "thighs like what, what, what... all night long... lemme sing it again..." No let's not and say we did.
Really, thongs are not my thing. Typically uncomfortable and irritating. I prefer all my garments, from the base up, to be comfortable as though they are not even on. This, piece really surprised me. Really!
I did not see cellulite.
I did not see stretch marks.
I did not see flabby body parts.
I did not see imperfections.
I did not see thighs too big.
I saw a beautiful woman, totally flattered, looking very much like the pattern envelope.
I saw a curvy, vivacious female figure brought to life through the magic of lace and pink nylon-lycra.
I saw beyond the surface, yet I saw only the surface.
Margreet, thank you. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I am grateful for all the hours you have spent fiddling with, fitting, adjusting, designing, drafting, cutting, sewing, and testing your patterns. Thank you, for being brave enough to be yourself and publish your patterns. Thank you for taking the time to create PDF patterns. Thank you for sharing of yourself with the sewing world. You gave me a priceless gift today.