Archive for January, 2010

Can anybody help me?

I’ve just consigned my latest project to the bin!

I decided to make the high-waisted straight skirt from the free pattern in issue 4 of “Sew” magazine.  I checked the size guide in the magazine and decided to make the 14 as it gave the size to be 28″ waist and 38.75″ hips.  A little snug for me but figured I could let it out a little.

To cut a long story short, after stitching the back to the front I tried it on for fit.  It was WAY too big!  I did try taking in the side seams but I had to alter them so much the shape of the skirt didn’t look right.  In frustration I unpicked the zip and threw the rest of it in the bin.

So, is it the pattern or is it me?  Normally I would measure the pattern pieces before cutting out because from experience I know that the envelope back isn’t always accurate.  Annoyingly, I couldn’t this time as the pattern didn’t show any waist or hip placement markings and the pattern didn’t mention how high on the waist the skirt was meant to sit.

I will attempt this skirt again and just cut it to a smaller size, but if anyone has any tips on how to measure a pattern without the markings I would be really greatful.  Sew magazine gives fab free patterns with every issue but it looks as though they all have this same little problem.

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New Flickr Group created

I’ve created a new Flickr group today for fans of “Sew” magazine. Just click http://www.flickr.com/groups/sewmag/

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New and improved Doris

Bless her – the poor girl will be getting a complex.

Doris (my brand new Lady Valet dressform) is fab.  I love her to bits.  But her boobs just aren’t big enough.  When she arrived this week I measured myself and faithfully dialled those measurements onto Doris.  I proudly showed her off to hubby and said “look – she’s the same shape as me now”.

“Actually, she’s not” he said “you’re not that shape at all”.  Well, I suppose he would know.

I measured myself again and checked against Doris’s dials.  Everything seemed to be correct so what was the problem?

Then I realised – I’m an E cup and poor old Doris is about a B.  The measurements were right but the curves weren’t.  What to do?

Do what any self-respecting girl does – get a padded bra!

By the way – that rotten velvet bodice has been reconciled to the carrier bag.  I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever be able to sew with velvet again.

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