|When I adjust a pattern to fit my current shape and size, I note the following in a word processing document and store a printout with the customized pattern:
1) Pattern Company and Pattern Number
2) Original pattern size(s) used, such as "10 at shoulders, 14 at bust, 14 at waist, and 16 at hips)."
3) Approximate Date of Fitting, such as June 2009
4) Weight on that Date
5) Relevant Body Measurements on that Date (this will vary with the type of pattern used)
6) Special Undergarments Worn with the Garment, such as a push-up bra or a body shaper.
7) List of changes I made to the original pattern
8) Front, side and back photos of me in special undergarments worn with the garment or in clothing that shows my shape, such as a leotard, underwear or a T-shirt and knit shorts.
9) Front, side and back photos of me in the fitted garment
By documenting these facts when I adjust a pattern, I can later see at a glance whether an adjusted pattern will fit me at my current shape and size, whether I can easily adjust the pattern for current use, or whether I should start over with a different size or use a different pattern.
This technique can help sewers accommodate shape changes due to weight gain, fitness changes, pregnancy and lactation, plastic surgery, and the changes related to aging process.