Posted tagged ‘fitting’

Can I get a woot woot!

July 14, 2013

After yesterdays epic fail, today I feel like Wednesday Addams 🙂  Success is sweet!

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When I was working on Simplicity 2215, I was doing a 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 FBA based on the distance between the pattern center front and my center front.  That was too MUCH.  The bodice front looked like a cone bra


and the apex was pointing everywhere but where they should

left and right

The muslin bodice of Simplicity 2886 view A fits.

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I would post pictures but I don’t want to show my stomach and I’m not wearing makeup and the hair is in a messy ponytail.  For this pattern, I did a 2 inch FBA and it looked fine.  I could probably do a 2 1/4 inch FBA.

Next up, the skirt of the dress.

Once I finish 2886, I will go back to 2215.  I like the dress and now that the bust fitting issue seams to be solved it won’t be as frustrating.

I’m happy with sewing again 🙂

Butterick 5147 View B

May 25, 2011

So, I have been sewing a little.  I’m been making about a dozen muslins for B5147 View B.  I thought I understood how to do a FBA but obviously I didn’t.  This is as close as I’ve gotten.   Please forgive the way I look today.  It is hot in Atlanta and it’s only May.

Please click on photos to view a larger images.

This is the best fitting muslin so far but I have questions.

The muslin is thin and that might be the reason for some of the wrinkles.

  • Looking at the front view, I’m thinking I need to let out the side seams at the waist for more room.  It’s not tight at the stomach but I look like I’m pregnant.
  • I don’t know what to do about the sagging fabric at my upper chest.   Does anyone have suggestion to correct it?
  • Are there wrinkles pointing to my bust?  Do I need to do a bigger FBA?

Okay, let’s have a look at the sides.

I think the sides look okay but if they don’t speak up please.

Here’s the back.  I made a bunch of modifications to the back including:  swayback adjustment and adding to the side seam to cover my rear.

I need to add to the side seam in the back right?

I’m going through this exercise of getting the top fitted correctly because I really want to make view D which is an swing type dress for the summer.  The top and dress use the same pattern pieces.   I need your opinions.

I’m looking forward to the 3 day weekend.  I plan to work on this top and a knit top.  I really love my coverstitch machine…but more on that later.

Happy sewing y’all

Slanted Waist and New Look 6899 View D

September 12, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about a garment project.  I have actually been sewing.  Mostly, muslins of New Look 6899 view D skirt.  I’ve been working on fitting.  My skirts ride up in the back.  I HATE that look.  I’ve had this problem all my life.  At first, I thought it was a rear end issue:)  Yes, I do have a big ‘ole butt 🙂 But focusing on my rear end (that didn’t sound right) will not solve my fitting issue.  I had to look higher.  I had to focus on my waistline…yike!  I have a slanted waist.   The picture below shows the difference.


One day, I tied a piece of elastic around my waist and looked in the mirror slope of my waistline.  I knew from the sewing class it took in the spring that my center back to the floor measurement was longer than my center front to the floor measurement.   But until I saw a visual of my waistline by doing the What not to wear 360 degree mirror check, I didn’t get it. My waistline is not parallel to the floor.  Who knew?

The picture doesn’t show that the hem is even but it is!  Finally, after about a bazillion muslins!  I used the Worksheet from Burda World of Fashion January 2005 titled, “Adjusting for a hem rising at the back”.  This would have been an easy fix, if I’d had my correct measurements.

You will  have to have a friend help you with the measurements.  Basically, you measure center front, center back and both sides.  If you join the Burda English yahoo group, you can view the directions RisingHem.pdf  look at the dark blue box on the left of the page.  This is a great site even if you don’t plan to sew a Burda pattern.

Now that I have the correct measurement and I’ve made adjustments to the pattern.  Piece 13 is used for the front and back.  When I made adjustments, I made a pattern for the front and a pattern for the back.  For the front, I had to remove 2 1/8 inches. (See the blue note on pattern)

Piece 13 New Look 6899 View D

Piece 13 New Look 6899 View D

For the back, I added 1 1/8 inches (in red).  I also added a center back seam.

Piece 13 New Look 6899 view D

Piece 13 New Look 6899 view D

There’s a 3 1/4 inch difference from front to back at my waistline!  No wonder the skirts I made always were always short in the back.

Now that the pattern is all adjusted, I’ve decided to work on another skirt.  New Look 6899 suggested fabrics are lightweight (linens, cottons, and poplins to name a few).  It’s getting a little cooler in Atlanta and I want to sew fall/winter clothing.  I’m glad I took the time to make the adjustments because when spring hits, I’ll have a pattern all ready to go.

I’m now working on McCall’s 3830 view C skirt.  I used the adjustments I made in the New Look 6899 to make a muslin of the 3830 pattern and it works beautifully.  I’ve cut out the fashion fabric (lightweight brown wool) and I hope to sew it this weekend.

I hope everyone has a great sewing weekend.