Gees! I just figured out the message thing ... so forget the "friend" request. LOL I wanted to offer you some fitting/pattern adjusting advice. Nancy Zieman is a long-time Public TV sewing show host. Many of her shows are free to view as video on-line. Just look for them -- might be under "Sewing with Nancy". She has put out a book entitled Pattern Fitting with Confidence which connects to a couple of videos where she demonstrates step-by-step how to take YOUR measurements and modify a commercial pattern so it will fit you just like it fit the model. I believe you can buy a package deal on Nancy's website to get the book AND DVDs of the related programs where she did the demonstrations. I found her video explanations understandable in a way I'd never encountered before so I bought the book at my local Barnes & Noble. Hopefully, she has the answers you're looking for when it comes to bodices and other sources of struggles.
Hi Liz! My husband and I just bought a house in Albermarle County (Afton) and will be moving this spring. I'm looking for sewing buddies and to learn where the neat fabric stores/craft stores are in the area. I see we are both in our 60s and retired with grandchildren. My husband and I will now be much closer to our grandchildren who live in Augusta County. :)