Before I get into this post, I wanted to thank all of you who filled out my Reader Survey in the last week – you all ROCK and I was overwhelmed at the number of responses I received. It was really interesting reading every individual response (believe me, I did), and seeing some almost-universal themes, the biggest one being: fitting.
Shocked? I’m not, and I bet you aren’t either.
I get the why of why fitting in and of itself is a challenge.
Every body is different and has it’s own unique proportions and measurements. That’s why we sew, right? Because RTW is for a standard body size and shape and not everyone fits that shape. Ideally, we can create clothes that fit and flatter our body and make us look and feel our best. What was evident from reading comments from all of you, the majority of which have been sewing for over 10 years and identify as sewing at an intermediate level, is that this isn’t happening on a regular basis. Pattern fit and ease vary from brand to brand, even within one brand depending on the design intention, and it can be hard to figure out if size A will work this time or maybe we need to blend together sizes A and B to achieve a good fit. And that’s just one factor of many when it comes to getting fit right. We spend hours adjusting and retracing pattern before we can cut into our fabric and get to the fun part – the sewing!!
What’s perplexing is that there’s so many resources out there that cover how to fit patterns to our bodies, yet we’re still having a hard time.
That’s the part that’s making my head scratch. Do a book search on Amazon, or even look at the class offerings on Craftsy – there’s a lot of different sources out there that tackle how to fit our sewing projects. I have a whole shelf on my bookcase of books devoted to fitting, and it’s usually what I spend the most time with on a project. After a lot of trial and error over the years, I have a pretty good understanding of how to fit patterns to my body (well, I admitted defeat with that above coat from earlier last year – I don’t know what was going on!! And yeah, I have the occasional wader from time-to-time, I’m not perfect), but it’s evident there’s a lot of sewists out there that are still having a hard time. Don’t even get me started on fitting pants.