I've been taking the Sew the Perfect Fit class from Craftsy. I decided that I was not going to allow 2013 to close without me tackling my biggest sewing challenge – picking the correct pattern size to start with and then getting it to fit correctly. I know from my sewing survey earlier this year that its something most sewists struggle with.
If you missed them, here are the earlier posts that tell you all about the course and show my muslin and pattern alterations.
- Introduction – 2013 is the year of Sew the Perfect Fit
- Muslin Bodice Adjustment
- Bodice Pattern Adjustment
- Making a skirt muslin
- Altering sleeves, armholes and truing the pattern
The Class Over 10 Lessons
Just to recap if you've not seen the previous posts, these are the lessons:
- Introduction – a short lesson about Lynda Maynard, our instructor, and what we are going to learn in the course.
- Getting started. Where and how to measure yourself and how to pick your pattern size.
- The Muslin Test Garment, why, how, marking, construction
- Fitting Standards, Assessing proper fit and what it should look like, fitting patterns
- Neck and shoulders, narrow or wide shoulders, rounded shoulders and more
- Upper body, full bust adjustment, lengthening, etc. How to transfer all of those adjustments to the paper pattern.
- The Lower Body, Making a Skirt Muslin
- Altering Sleeves
- Truing the pattern and final check.
Sew the Perfect Fit Review
In a nutshell…. after following along with Lynda and her three very different fitting models in the class, I made and adjusted my first real muslin. It didn't take anywhere near as long as I thought it was going to. Although I was trying to fit myself without anyone to help me pin, I did a pretty good job for my first effort. I imagine all the awesome experienced sewists out there will still be wringing their hands and wailing that this is not the perfect fit – but for me, it's an amazing fit and I'm delighted with it. You can see more examples of the muslin in the earlier posts linked in above.
Once the full muslin was adjusted, then I transferred my alterations over to the paper pattern. Again, it was far easier than I expected simply because of all that I had learned from the course.
Then I used my revised pattern to cut my fashion fabric and lining. And because all of the alterations had already been made, I sewed up this dress in super quick time and really took the effort to give it a lovely finish.
Ta dah – the finished dress.
(The fabric is a beautiful silky butterfly print in black with turquoise and pale blue butterflies and covered in little sparkles that really catch the light. You can find it here. The lining is a light blue pongee that matches the butterflies.)
So I did say at the start of the course that this style of dress pattern was not one I would have chosen. I still feel that way. I have such a rectangular figure with no real waist that this kind of shift-style dress doesn't flatter my figure. I normally pick a lower neckline, an empire line rather than have a straight line across the non-existent waist. BUT, the fit is very very nice and it feels just right – you know?
Even if the style is not great for me, the best thing about it – I now have my basic pattern and I know it fits. The bust darts are where I want them. The shoulders and chest fit as I like it. The shoulder straps are the right width and placement. The waist is in the right place. The back length is now correct. The skirt fits nicely.
I can now use this well fitting pattern to compare against other patterns I decide to make up so I can decide what size to cut, know where to lengthen/shorten, know where the neckline will fall. It's going to save me such a lot of trouble, fussing, fitting problems and wasted time and fabric going forward.
So do I recommend the course? Absolutely! If you have fitting issues, or aren't sure which pattern size to pick, or everything is always too big, or you need lots of fitting adjustments, often need a full-bust adjustment or just want to end up with a basic pattern you can use as a template for the future – take this course! It will really change the way you sew and results you get.
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Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy