Simplicity Amazing Fit – 2217 – fit for a wedding

Simplicity Amazing Fit dress 2217. Pattern review from So Sew Easy.

Have you tried any of the Simplicity Amazing Fit patterns?  I made a great dress with Simplicity 2217. This post is a departure from my normal writing.  I usually make up something, persuade my reluctant photographer/husband to take a few snaps in the garden and stand awkwardly in a totally out of place kind of style.  But today we get to see a dress in action.  In its natural setting and environment, in the wild. Worn and enjoyed as it should be…see, I do occasionally leave the house! A couple of our friends were getting married this year, a lovely and handsome couple, Travis and Alaina. And being spread over 3 days, this was going to be the event of the year and probably the most swanky wedding I was ever going to go to in my life.  So the … Continue reading

Making a muslin, bodice pattern adjustment – Sew the Perfect Fit

Sewing the perfect fit - transferring muslin changes back to the paper pattern ready for the fashion fabric and final garment.

I’m embarking upon an epic fitting exercise and learning to sew the perfect fit this year, following along with the Craftsy course of the same name and the lovely instructor Lynda Maynard.  You can read Part 1 of the series at 2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit and Part 2 at Muslin Bodice Adjustment.  Today, more on making a muslin and transferring the bodice adjustments onto the paper pattern.   In the last post I had completed and pinned the adjustments I wanted to my original muslin which had been made up straight from the pattern.  Here was the result after much slashing and pinning. Added length to both the front and back bodice.  Marked to lower bust darts on pattern and next trial bodice. Opened from waist to side dart and increased at waist, tapering to nothing at bust. … Continue reading

Muslin Bodice Adjustment – Sew the Perfect Fit

Bodice and full bust adjustment, part of Sew the Perfect Fit from So Sew Easy

I’m embarking upon an epic fitting exercise and learning to sew the perfect fit this year, following along with the Craftsy course of the same name and the lovely instructor Lynda Maynard.  You can read Part 1 of the series at 2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit.  Today, fitting the bust and bodice adjustment.     In the last post I talked about the mystery of pattern sizing.  According to my measurements I should have been anywhere from a size 14 to a 20 based on the pattern envelope, but with Lynda’s advice in the course, I picked a size 12, based on my high-bust measurement to get a good fit around the neckline, shoulders and chest and then was prepared to make other changes lower down to get the good fit. The lessons The next few lessons … Continue reading

2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit

Bodice and full bust adjustment, sewing the perfect fit from So Sew Easy

So far this year I’ve been sewing mostly with knit fabrics because I took the wonderful course from Craftsy – Sewing with Knits (review here with exclusive discount code and free course GIVEAWAY).  Fitting a knit garment is a lot easier than a woven garment because the fabric stretches easily and accommodates any dodgy fitting issues.  But now I think it is time in my sewing learning curve to move it up a notch (sewing pun intended), and take my fitting issues more seriously.  So I have enrolled in my next sewing adventure – Sew the Perfect Fit. When I looked back at some of the recent patterns I had tried, I found that I had commented on a lot of them that I found it hard to pick the right pattern size, and then still had to make a … Continue reading