Saturday, May 21, 2011

EUREKA!

I finally got to spend some much needed time in my sewing room today. I was determined this weekend to try out another pattern sizing method that I'd only read about but had totally forgotten about it until coming across this article the other day about "Pattern Grading (check out this link) on Threadsmagazine.com  (I'm really terrible at documenting processes when I'm trying something new so I'll take pictures of the next pattern I try this out on.)  As a plus sized girl I have many, many patterns that are not in the size I need but I just buy the largest size available and try to deal with it.  I've tried several methods...pivot & slide, adding to the sides & center front & back etc.  Usually this resulted in gaping in the neck or arm area, producing something not usable and ended up in the trash or less than acceptable fit which didn't make me feel good about the time I'd spent making the item and I didn't want to wear it.  After working with the pattern I decided not to do a muslin.  I was happy with the pattern tissue fit, so I hope the results are what I'm looking for.   Here's the pattern and fabric I'm working with.
Simplicity 2177
Both of these fabrics are cotton with lycra added so they have a little stretch, perfect for summer.  I really need summer dresses, so I'm excited.  If this method works well for me I'll be slashing & spreading to my hearts content.  Cross your fingers with me and I'll let you know what I come up with.
I'll probably not finish them until next weekend, so I hope to have something to show soon, until them...

HAPPY SEWING!!

7 comments:

sewphisticated said...

You will love this pattern. It sews up pretty quickly! I'll be waiting to see your version.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

I prefer the Fit For Real People method. Since I adopted it, my clothes fit exactly like I want. Hope the method you've chosen works for you. TFS.

Omega said...

Hi Marla, I can't wait to get these done. I check yours out, I love the color and the fabric. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hi KMQ, your creations are a constant inspiration. This method is for sizing a pattern up or down more so than alterations, I will still use the Fit for Real People for alteration needs.

Shawnta said...

hmmmmm this may work for me. What usually happens is I end up buying two patterns because my top may be a 12 or 14 but the bottom may need a 16 or 18. I love those fabric choices!

Sheila said...

Lovely fabric and looking forward to seeing your dress.

Sherril said...

I love this pattern. What a tease you are about you new fitting method. Please show pictures of the pattern changes so we can see what you did. I'm looking forward to seeing the results.

Lynneb said...

Can't wait to see what you do. I guess what it comes down to is this: if any of us want a perfect fit, we've got to fuss around with patterns and techniques. Hope you hit on something that works for you this time.

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