And Sew it Begins…..
I am a sewist. I am a fabric manipulator. I am a craft-maker. I am adding dressmaker to my descriptors beginning today. I am embarking on a sartorial journey with the goal of making clothes for myself that fit me well and allow me to express my ideas of fashion and style.
I am neither petite nor average. I’m between 5′ 4″ and 5′ 6″ – the no man’s land of clothing. Pants are either too short or too long. I’m long waisted. Dresses with a defined waistline never fit correctly. The waistline is always too high. And, to top it off, I’m plus-sized with a DD bra cup size. So, off the rack clothes don’t usually fit well and commercial patterns are not made for me. What’s a girl to do?
Do it herself!
I purchased two books to help with commercial pattern alterations. The first is Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes that Fit & Flatter by Barbara Deckert. This book explains how to alter a commercial pattern to size it UP, even if you have to size up quite a bit. Many books tell you how to size down – that’s easy-peasy! Some show you how to size up a couple of inches. Barbara tells you how to size up to the size you need. She gives you the math and explains how to re-create the commercial pattern accordingly.
The second book is Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure by Sandra Betzina. This book explains how to deal with real bodies – dowager’s humps, sloping shoulders, rounded belly, thin/thick neck, big butts and/or hips, and more.
For my first project, I’m taking an online class called The Couture Dress with Susan Khalje at Craftsy.com. We are using Vogue Pattern 8648 for the class. I have two fashion fabrics for this project. I am hoping to get two dresses out of this class: one sleeveless with a straight bottom and the other with the full bottom.
I will post my progress and pictures of my progress as I go.
There’s no time like the present, so off I go!