I’ve spent a good deal of time over the past week adapting AnaJan’s AMC dress pattern to fit my size (with hindsight, given that I’ve never fitted anything more complicated than a six-gore skirt before, cutting down a 34-30-40 pattern to a 32-26-36 probably wasn’t a good exercise to start on!)
I didn’t have any muslin, so I made up the test pieces out of some old dull-sheen curtain material and the result actually looks quite good in itself: I’d like to preserve my test model and make it up in addition to the intended two-colour cotton model if I can.
(NB here are some photos
Sorry about appalling quality – I’m no photographer and the light level in front of the wardrobe door mirror was very inadequate!)
Having tacked and pinned and re-tacked and tried on – again and again and again – my test pieces until they are actually cut down in the right places, how do I transfer my new ‘pattern’ to the cotton material I plan to use for the final product? I can pull the tacking out easily enough, but I’m not sure how to mark the new seam lines inside the outlines of the pieces – which now, of course, include seam allowances. I used tailor’s tacks to mark all the original outlines through the double width of test fabric, but that was working around the outside of the paper pattern pieces minus allowances. I don’t want to cut off the seam allowances from my cloth ‘patterns’ as I’d like to sew them up again properly afterwards: so can I use tailor’s tacks to mark through what will in effect be three layers of fabric in such a way that I can then pull the top layer off again?