I have to admit that at the moment I have limited time for blogging and social media, due to the annoying disruptions of that thing called Real Life. Still, this happens to all hobby sewing bloggers, so I just fit in what I can when I can. I think I've kept up to date with most of your blogs.
This week I just wanted to share pictures of my tail. And tell you a fitting tale, in extremely brief form.
The above picture is a quick muslin of a Burda tapered pant pattern. It is designed to sit lower on the mid section than the waist. I can't wear that sort of style - that sort of style just falls down on me.
I also nowhere near fit the measurements of any commercial pattern. A 28 inch waist, to 34 hip, and 34 high hip just is not going to be easy to adapt from any pattern. Plus I also get a saggy backside and something not quite right about the crotch area.
Tracing and making pattern modifications took about 3 hours.
But, look at this:
Yes, that's my bottom again, in another pattern. Perfect!
So how did I get to this stage. Frustration. Frustration with spending hours altering patterns to still get a poor fit. The front of the Burda pants is not great either.
So, when Craftsy sent a marketing email saying that they had a special, all classes US$20, I decided to enrol in a Pants Drafting Course by Suzy Furrer.
Now, as it so happens, this was not a good week to do this class. I put Thursday aside for a whole day session so I could concentrate, but that was the day a few problems appeared, that also needed attention over the weekend.
So I quickly rushed through, a bit here, and bit there inbetween interruptions (not a good way to learn anything new). And quickly stitched up the result.
I am very pleased with the back of this self draft. The front has problems, but I can easily sort those out as they are easy and deal with when self fitting.
And, I think I made a few mistakes with the draft in any case, due to my lack of dedicated attention time.
Still, the self draft concept is going to work. For now, I am satisfied with what I have achieved.
When life settles down, I will go back to this class, check my draft is correct. If not, I will alter. If it is, I just have to modify this toile and then learn how to adapt for different styles.
What I did learn though was that the crotch shape of commercial patterns is completely the wrong shape for my measurements.
As for Me Made May, I'm afraid I have had little time to participate. I have decided to abandon Me Made May this year, as it is a stressor for me at the moment, not fun.
But I have had fun in finishing a handknit, which I shall share with you next week. That will be a fitting end to May.
See you next week,