Hello lovely readers,
Funny how the world works.When I started my sewing journey (with the big 4 mainly) I had so many alterations that I knew most of my sewing time was spent figuring out how to alter them, trying 1, 2 , 3 or more test garments until I got it right and sew it perfectly. That really helped me grow my patience alterations skills. You followed my journey often.
Then I started sewing indies and a miracle happened. For the last 5 months I had minimal or no alterations, sewing ‘from the box’ in almost any pattern I had touched. Oh bliss. Productivity went sky high and I was whipping projects in a day. All you heard from me was praise and happy projects. Of course that wasn’t going to last, wasn’t?
When testing a pattern, most designers ask us to sew ‘as is’ to pick up any error from grading to typos. If we alter the pattern, our notches changes and many areas that we should be testing end up being forgotten or an alteration mistake could lead to a bad feedback, leading to delays with the investigation work on the reported issues. I take my role of pattern tester very serious. Once I get the pattern I pick a size and cheap appropriate fabric to sew a sample as is. I don’t waste time on fitting or trying it on during WIP.
That’s exactly what happened to my BHL Anna. I sewn a size 12 on old bed cover. Once finished I was cheering the BHL girls for another amazing pattern. They cannot go wrong! Perfect for summer, and already planning to make into a killer evening dress. I was shouting “move over Angie”.
Off course, that said this mock up showed me that I wasn’t getting away from my standard multiple alterations anymore. I plunged back to reality like a kitty in cold bath! Hello, did you really expect that every single new indie pattern would just fit from now on without any brain work behind? I did… I naively thought that my body measurements were being catered from now on with a the exception few alterations for my Amazonian height.
Anna is such a delight to sew, but getting it to fit right on me is being a battle close to my Colette macaroon.
This project has been put away for now and hopefully It won’t take long for me to feel the enthusiasm to pick it back from I stopped and make her in its full glory.
Have you experienced something similar?