I am altering a new shirt pattern for myself and I can't believe that I forgot to add an alteration that I know I have to do. I was interrupted while doing the changes and did not follow my own rule of "triple check" before I cut.
I always have to add more width to the right side on my shirts, etc., for my larger hip. I can't get quite enough through the seam allowances, so I will have long "splits" on the sides, wear the shirt open and walk really fast so no one will notice.
I fixed the pattern so that it won't happen the next time I use it.
That is one reason why I don't like to use new patterns very often. I spend more time altering than I do stitching it up. That is not fun!
I love to have a few basic, classic patterns that I already altered and I know they fit. I just "cut and sew" whenever I need something. I cut these patterns from a light weight non woven material and they last a very long time. That is fast and fun sewing.
Here is an article you might find interesting. Let me know if it helps you. Post your comments here. I welcome your feedback!
It just makes sense!
To Your Sewing Success,
Larger Hip Alterations Apply To Tops, Too!
- by Marian Lewis
©2005 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved
1st Step To Sewing Success
The lower half of the body dictates a lot of what we need on the upper half. For a more successful fit, start with skirts. Get that fit and apply it to the upper half of your body.
Have you found out that you have one hip larger than the other? This is not uncommon.
You may be adding extra fabric for that larger side.
However, the larger hip fit does not stop with skirts and pants. It also applies to all of your longer tops, blouses, shirts, jackets and coats. In other words, you need to add for that larger hip on everything that comes close to your body and goes over your hips. Don't forget to do that!
A balanced alteration at both side seams for a full hip width alteration doesn't work with unbalanced hips (one larger than the other). You may be adding width to both sides (the balanced alteration) plus adding more width to accommodate the larger side (unbalanced alteration).
If you have a full tummy, or a full bust, you also need to add more to the front of your shirt than the back. A balanced alteration for full width can't help that either. Think of the "beer bellied" guy or the pregnant gal.
To have a shirt or jacket hang properly on your body, you need to know where you need more or less fabric. Find out exactly what you need and where you need it. Apply that to your sewing pattern.
It looks funny, you say? Look in the mirror! Does the altered pattern better reflect what you see in the mirror? Go with it! Accept it! And, you will see a Misfit become Miss Fit.
It just makes sense!
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Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor, author and creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks who want great fitting skirts and pants. In her ebook, she teaches step-by-step common sense techniques how to find out WHAT you really need, WHERE you really need it and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern.
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