Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Finished: KS 3586 BPF FW-09-404
I've made this blouse a gazillion times. Nothing much to say about it. I've used this blouse pattern so many times because by now, I can sew it with my eyes closed. Gotta love those TNTs! Kwik Sews are especially amenable to becoming TNTs because they are so easy in the first place. I always seem to get wrinkles that go from the first button to the shoulders. I'm not at all sure what to do about it. Maybe it's my posture, maybe it's button placement. The second button is not buttoned and maybe that's the problem. I dunno.
The last pair of pants I made were a little snug in the belly. I'd been in denial for the past few projects, but it was time to pull out Pattern Fitting with Confidence (Zieman, 2008) and pivot and slide a few pattern alterations. I lengthened the crotch, increased the waist and increased the thighs. The result was a more comfortable pair of pants. I could have done without the increased waist, so a small bit of my ego was salvaged. I took a chance and made these changes based not on actual measurements, but on my perception of my own body. I admit not measuring was a risk. I'm sure fitting purists would have been shocked. I recorded the flat pattern measurements and posted them on the bulletin board for future reference. But, I'll probably make slightly different adjustments when I make my next pair of pants. I'm treating every project like a muslin, which is not a smart practice.
Considering the number of pattern changes I made, I'm convinced the pivot and slide technique is the easiest method for pattern alterations. Yes, it took three tracings, but I buy tracing paper in 50 ft rolls. What else am I going to use it for?