This is how I sometimes feel about the whole subject of fit and the clothes we sew:
Do you ever feel that way too? We could probably spend loads of time and energy talking about fit and the challenges associated with fitting garments, but I know we all agree achieving a perfect fit is the way to looking good in the clothes we make.
That’s why we’re so excited to bring you these three new videos all about fit. In this Learn to Fit video series, Melissa Watson, McCall’s designer and certified sewing instructor, uses the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fit method to teach you how to successfully fit your patterns. I’ve watched these videos and I really like how simple Melissa makes tissue-fitting seem. She’s good! Here’s what others have said about the videos:
“They are brilliant, so useful.” verykerryberry
“These videos have changed everything for me.” littlegreenorchids
“Love these videos, [they’ve] just taken my sewing to another level.” juathompson [quotes from McCall Pattern Company Instagram]
All three videos are here on the McCall Pattern Company YouTube channel. In this video below, Melissa demonstrates how to fit a dress pattern with princess seams. Watch, and let us know how you like this series. Thanks!
Wrap Dress Sewalong news: My co-host Lucinda just posted about sewing knits. Even if you aren’t participating in the sewalong, you’ll want to read her post. And I just uploaded photos of the inside of a DVF wrap dress to our Flickr group; check here.
I still haven’t cut out my sewalong fashion fabric, so don’t worry if you’re just joining us or haven’t started. My goal is to cut out and sew the dress by the end of the weekend. We’ll see how I do. How about you? How’s your wrap dress coming along?
How’s everyone coming with their wrap dresses? My niece came over this Sunday for a muslin fitting of the wrap dress I’m making for her. The overall fit of the bodice is good, but I do need to lengthen the torso by an inch or so. (She has a long torso.) Knowing that, I’m ready to cut out the dress from the fashion fabric. I’m using Vogue Pattern V8379 with an ITY jersey knit I bought in the garment district (photo above). Speaking of fabric, Gorgeous Fabrics is offering a 10% discount on full-price knit fabrics through the end of March. Yay, we love fabric discounts! You’ve been asking about full-bust adjustments for wrap dresses. Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics just reposted on her blog an excellent FBA tutorial she wrote a few years ago for the Sewing Divas blog. And my co-host Lucinda of Sew Wrong volunteered to write a tutorial on small bust adjustments, so keep checking her blog for that. (I think from her Instagram feed that Lucinda has currently abandoned the snow banks of Boston for a sunny beach somewhere; can you blame her?!) One thing I’ve been pondering is how to handle the neck and bodice area, the part that forms the V wrap. I went to Century 21 at lunchtime last week and inspected the DVF wrap dresses on sale there: This gray print DVF dress, above, has an attached band at the neckline. I like this treatment…. This black DVF dress has a self facing that’s simply turned in. The facing is stabilized with fusible interfacing, and the edge of the facing is just turned a scant quarter-inch and stitched in place. I like this treatment too. The pattern I’m using has an attached facing, but it could be easily adapted for a self facing. I need to spend some time with the fabric before I lock into a neck/bodice finish. Decisions, decisions! Be sure and check out my co-host’s blog post this week. Ruqayyah talks about making a muslin and things like ease, and she has lots of helpful photos. Reminder to use the hashtag #wrapdresssewalong and to join our Flickr group! Leave a comment here and let us know how you’re doing with your wrap dress.