Have you ever been so excited to jump into a sewing project that you forgot to do a pattern fitting first?
Well, that was me just a few weeks ago. It was late and I was in a rush. That’s right, me the last minute lagger was in a rush to finish a project. Totally my M.O.!
It is SO important to do a simple pattern fitting first when working with commercial and vintage patterns. The general measurements on the back of the package are guidelines for the average body. And to be real, no one is average. Factor in the vintage aspect and wow, you’re in a totally different ball game!
That is why it is so important to do a dry fit when sewing with patterns, especially vintage patterns!
Back to my project- In my rush to finish a top that I desperately wanted to wear the next day, I zoomed right past the pattern fitting and straight into stitching. Just to be clear, the results were not good!
Not only did the garment not fit properly but I had taken so much effort to clean finish all of my seams that taking it apart would be a nightmare. (I still have not done it.)
So, my point of this post is just to remind us to take the extra step when sewing. You do not need to use fancy or expensive materials. No, in fact, I often save old sheets for purpose. They provide a large area to cut from, have a nice drape and above all are free.
I’d love to know, has this ever happened to you? If so, did you ever go back and fix the garment?
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