On Friday, I made a lovely blouse from McCalls 6604, Version C, from the vintage Liberty of London fabric a friend recently gave me. And I was disappointed in the fit. And Sunday I sort of corrected it.
I always measure patterns before I cut anything out. I took pattern alterations and fit classes back in the early 1990s, when I first started seriously sewing (long after my Girl Scouts sewing badge), and I
know vaguely remember how my measurements need to be adjusted for in commercial patterns. Always add some length to the back seat curve, lengthen pants, rise and waist, etc. But lately I’ve found that when I try to adjust properly, it doesn’t go the way I expect it to. Case in point – when I made my reflective bomber jacket, I carefully measured the sleeve pieces for length, and they should have been fine, and yet, the sleeves are about an inch too short. Not that anyone buy me will know, but still. This is especially annoying because the gray velour reflective sweatshirt i made prior ended up with really long sleeves!
At least this weekend’s project wasn’t awful, just not what i expected. Sure the pattern sketch makes it look shorter than the other garment, and when I looked at the provided finished garment measurements, and looked at me, I thought it would be fine. And when I was done, I was not happy with how short it truly was. Not terrible, not not ideal. Okay, honestly, I’m feeling self-conscious about my out-of-shape, not-eating-as-healthy-as-I-should tummy, so that’s part of the issue. It was disappointing, because I love the fabric, and worked hard to make it a nice garment. I did not even put in an inch of reflective trim!
By comparison, here’s the top next to one I made a while back:
I decided that I needed to fix this because I wanted to really love this top – it’s drool-worthy, luxurious fabric, after all, and feels so lovely. So I gritted my teeth and added a band at the bottom. Hopefully the print is busy enough that anyone else will not notice the seam (French, of course).
The pattern fit problems I’ve been having lately make me a bit anxious and frustrated, because part of the reason for sewing one’s own clothes is to get them to fit better than store-bought garments. If I can’t get the fit right, ugh, what’s the point?! I’m having a hard time finding pants I like lately (see also aforementioned out-of-shape and not-eating-healthy comment), and I’d love to make some, but I’m not sure I can. Or I’m not sure I have the patience to work and rework, and redo and try again to get a pair that fits the way I want. And I don’t have anyone to help me, either, which adds to my frustration. So if anyone knows a good source to help with pants pattern alterations, *please* direct me to it! I’ve got a jumpsuit pattern calling my name, and at last the fabric I’ve been lusting after was in stock at Fabric.com, so that is near the top of the project pile. But because I’m long-waisted, I know it will need a lot of work. That’s partially why I’m opting to make my own.
Again, if anyone has any experience with Craftsy, or some other tutorial, please share! I see many of you make your own pants and jeans, so I should be able to as well. I just need some good refresher materials and advice! Thank you!