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?
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I found a tutorial on the internet from “stitchywitch”? after searching for ’removing s…
I too was hesitant, but now am an enthusiastic convert. with print your own patterns.
There is a transparent grid ruler you can use to add seam allowances.
Thank you for that information. Do you know if the issue can be downloaded electronical…
Burda patterns are known to be better fitting in that armholes on tops tend to be highe…