WIP: Mad Men Dress

Hey guys, I have an issue I need help with.

For starters, I’m working on my Mad Men Dress.  Next week (I believe) is when the new season kicks off and I don’t think it’s a surprise that is next week’s Sew Weekly theme.  I was debating for a long time if I was going to do a shout-out to Betty’s late 50’s, floral puffy skirt style or if I was going to go early-60’s-working girl.  I was looking through my pattern stash when I just knew I had to make this dress:

Early 60’s working girl it is!  This pattern is from 1961 and it will be my first plunge into sewing from the 60’s.

I’m making version B, the blue A-line number.  I loved the baby blue version so much I coincidentally found just the same shade of blue wool fabric to make it in.  Normally I would have picked a fabric from my own stash, but I had a group-on coupon to use up at my local fabric store.

I have a bemberg underlining on this dress and was good today and hand-basted around all of the darts prior to sewing them together.  But something horrible happened!  I have a bubble boob issue aka the bubble dart dilemma:

Don’t worry, this isn’t me wearing this dress.  I have it laying in my hand for these photos.

I don’t know what happened.  I was so careful with my darts.  I’m wondering if the bubble is due to the double thickness of the fabric (the wool plus the bemberg).

Here is the inside:

Doesn’t look like it should have a bubble on the outside does it?

I really can’t get away with the dress as is, but what’s a girl to do????  Ladies, I need your help!

Since it’s wool, I tried to steam shrink the bubble but it would not yield to the iron.  The only thing I can think to do would be to get out my hand sewing needle and try to work the tip of the dart to try and smooth it out.  What do you guys think??  Are there any other solutions you can think of?

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