I’ve said it before – I rarely sew for myself. But I’d like to, I really would. I see the things Melissa and Julie make and adore them. I have the patterns, I have plenty of fabric, but I also have fear. I am not scared of the actual sewing part. It’s the fitting part that stops me cold.
So I am setting out to conquer the unknown. I actually signed up for a sewing class and we are making a lined jacket. Yes, you got it right, a lined jacket (I am doing version B with version A pockets). My first class was on Monday night. I showed up with my pattern and three yards of muslin. After being properly measured, I started cutting the muslin using the pattern unaltered. When it was all sewn up, it was obvious that I needed to add some length (about 3 inches!) and make a bust adjustment. I get the length thing, but how in the hell you do make a bust adjustment? I just sat back and watched as my instructor got out her ruler and marker and started drawing lines and then cutting. Here is what we ended up with…
I completely understood what she did, or at least that is what I thought. When I took the pattern out today to lengthen it at the waist and adjust the other pattern pieces accordingly, this one was all messed up. I spent a good half hour trying to put it back together, but, like Humpty Dumpty, I am missing some pieces.
Anyone have any advice? Books I should look at? Helpful little websites I should peruse? Maybe I should just wait until Monday and start over again….