Hello there! Thanks to those of you who recently followed my blog. I am not updating it as often I once did, but if you want you can also get some updates on my sewing princess instagram feed.
I hope you’re all well in spite of the current circumstances. As many countries are proceeding to ease lockdown measures, we still have to be cautious. Personally, I’ve been enjoying the regained freedom of going out when and how I want. It doesn’t mean I am going out more…but I simply found quite crazy I needed to fill out and carry around a form stating where I was going.
Anyway, on to sewing…these pictures were taken back in February little did we know the traveling would become an issue…
If you’ve been following my blog for some time you may know I have an issue with sleeve fit on woven fabric especially…it’s hard for me to get it right. Though I have taken courses both online and in person I never quite nailed it. As I live in a small town and work full-time, it’s hard for me to take professional courses, not to mention many instructors have been unable to answer my questions. So, I started 2020 with a short patternmaking course that seemed to hold the answer to my questions…from their Instagram feed they seemed to be quite obsessive about fit and promoted a revolutionary method to do it. Though very expensive considering sewing is a hobby, I started reasoning that in the worst case scenario I would come home with professionally taken measurements and at least one good fitting garment. I guess I was trying to save myself from a disappointment…
Unfortunately, I can’t reveal any information about the method as all participants are asked to sign non-disclosure agreements. Additionally, as to this day I am still doubtful about the claimed ‘originality’ of the method, I prefer not to include any promotional details. Not to mention, though instructors were overall nice and friendly (except when I struggled taking measurements on my buddy), I often felt I was part of a heavy marketing campaign.
This shirt is the second version I made…essentially compared to the version at the course I changed design and in terms of fit I had to lower the armhole and lengthen the bust dart. That said overall I was pleased with the fit I got from drafting the pattern according to the method and how measurements are taken. One thing I learned is that many of my sleeve fitting issues were due to lack of width in the bodice…otherwise said the shoulder point was too recessed. You can clearly see it if you compare this shirt to Melting pot blouse: Alma Sewaholic + Twiggy + Chic Birdy Kit by Klo
It was clear from this course that taking good measurements is fundamental and certainly from that point of view I was very happy with the course. Also the drafting method is very precise…whether original or not…I still can’t say…if I find out more I will let you know!
I was also very thankful they gifted me some extra fabric so I could create a second shirt…I had never owned a dark blue shirt and really liked how it looked and the drape (might be viscose blend)
Just to be clear I don’t usually wear the shirt fully buttoned…I just wanted to show you the fit :o) Sorry I forgot to take back pictures…there are darts at the back too for a closer fit.
If you’re interested in geeking out on sleeves, read this great post Subtleties in Drafting: Sleeves or read on fitting sleeves. Though I have to honestly say that until I took this course it was unclear to me where exactly the shoulder point was on my body….
Have a great weekend! Happy sewing!