The Fitting Process and Suzy Furrer on Craftsy

As you can see the weather has been cooperating in my sewing adventure. Who wants to go out in the regular Wednesday-Thursday, and Saturday to Sunday snowstorm that has been the pattern in the Maritimes, this winter? Much better to stay in and have the computer playing my Craftsy classes while I follow along with my drafting tools.

Suzy Furrer is very generous in getting back to you quickly with accurate and encouraging advice. She is a gem, and I highly recommend all her courses. Also, someone is trying to sell her book for $500 on Amazon, but she sells it on her website for $55.00 American. It is top of my list to buy, as soon as our Canadian dollar goes back up, even a little!

 am working my way through Suzy Furrer's bodice sloper and made my moulage. I had some adjustments to make, which I have done, but then lost my oomph to see if it fit. 

Plus, getting my husband to pin me in is an interruption to what he is doing, and I hate the unflattering photos of myself, although I did post the first batch to Suzy and she gave me some excellent alterations to make. When did my back get fat? I know I shrunk 1 and 1/2 inches but does that mean my skin has to fold over above my waist like that? When I had thyroid issues my weight was always under what it should have been. This aging process is hard, when I am focused so intently on fitting my body.. Oh well, I'm healthy and enjoying this sewing life. Once I figure all my fitting challenges, I will be able to camoflauge them--perhaps I will end up sewing tents. Ha Ha!

I also have been making the skirt slopers, also from Suzy Furrer's class. The A-line fit very well, but I don't think it is a style that suits me. But, I made the skirt out of that scarlet fern pattern, inserted an invisible zipper, lined it and drafted the waistband. I think my sewing was good, but that kind of skirt often rides up on me.

So, then I drafted the flared skirt. It has a much nicer silhouette for me. I decided that I would try a bias cut, and lower the skirt and add a waistband. I checked the measurements on my summer skirt sloper from the NB course, and the measurements were the same, so added that to the mix. One thing I am proud of is that I have not bought any new fabric. I am using what is in my stash. However, using the right fabric will also have an effect on the right drape, so again, something else to consider. When I am happy with the fit, I will be able to buy the right fabric and build a wardrobe that goes together.

I learned: 

1. I cannot flip, rotate, or slide patterns on the bias. (Sorry to all my students who had to endure my transformational geometry lessons.

2. I used 100% cotton with baby blue background and tiny brown polka dots. Tod hated the pattern, which did not meet in a cheveron at the seams, like I 'planned'. I think it is cute, but really, should I be wearing cute clothes?

3. I really like the yoke style, and I think this skirt would stay at my waist, but somehow, it came out 3 inches too big. I cannot for the life of me figure out why. I added 1/2 inch seam allowances, and put the CF on the fold, so that isn't where an extra 1 inch came from. I  re-measured the pattern and it gave me the correct waist measurement. I had to close out my darts to add the insertions for the flares, so should I have taken the darts off the sides as well? I thought if I closed the darts to find the lines of insertions for the flares, which started at the high hip, and came from the leg of the closed dart, that I had already created the waist shaping.  I know that I didn't lose weight--because measuring my waist is what I did first!

 I also sewed up a sample of the shrug from The Sewing Workshop, by Linda Lee. It would have been fine, but I decided to add a binding to all the edges as it wasn't a knit that curled, and that kind of took away from the drapey-ness of the top. My serger got a work out, and it was excellent. I ensured there were no pins to break my knife, as that last mistake cost me 42.75 plus gas to St. John.

So, with every dozen mistakes I make a day, I am learning LOTS!!!! Despite a winter of sewing, my wardrobe has gone down--not up, but when I finish making all these errors and actually finding patterns that are TNTs (finally figured out what that meant), I will have a great wardrobe.

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