No shortcuts!"No shortcuts" does not mean "no problems". There still were glitches – some of them major.
Blouse: Burda 7882
I bought this pattern a year or two ago expressly to alter it. I needed practice restyling patterns so I turned a bib front blouse into an ordinary button front blouse. (Kinda backwards. Why would I alter a pattern to omit a nice design detail and make it more boring?) Anyway, this time I left well enough alone and made the blouse with the pin tucked bib. Since I was committed to the "no shortcut" process, I thread traced the fold lines for the tucks and pressed and sewed them one at a time using my edge stitch foot. The extra effort was minimal and I was happy with the results. I
Pants: BPF FW-09-404
The pants were a disaster. It's hidden by the blouse, but I could barely fasten the pants around my belly. I'll probably never wear them and that's a shame because I love the fabric. In an attempt to upgrade the finished pants, I used petersham to face the waistband as recommended in Power Sewing Step by Step (Betzina, 2002) and Making Trousers for Men & Women (Coffin, 2009). Call me crazy, but I think using the petersham made the waistband smaller. I never had this problem before I used petersham in the waistband.
|From Power Sewing Step by Step|
In spite of the disastrous results on the pants, I'm still committed to "No Shortcut" sewing and I'm determined to keep trying to make better garments. I can get cheaply made clothes anywhere. I don't have to spend time making them myself.