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Better understanding of patterns & how to alter.
kayakpeak
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Date: 11/13/12 10:20 PM

Being a beginner and enjoy being self taught at most things I do I'm ready to concede defeat. I made a pair of denim jeans with mistakes which was fine with me but I cut the fabric pieces based on what the pattern said my size was, lo and behold they were big enough for my wife and I both if we would be able to synchronize our feet so obviously I need to alter the pattern. That's one area I could use some help. I'm half way through a muslin shirt which so far seems like it should fit reasonably well but I'm at the neck area and confused a bit as to what the pattern instructions are telling me to do. I live in Northern Snohomish County Washington & would love to pay for somebody to guide me through the pattern altering process and I'm confident there would be other areas of garment construction I would need to know rather than continue on this path of frustration and destruction LOL. It's quite OK to laugh, I'm doing a lot of that myself and so is my wife. BTW she is not a sewer.

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Date: 11/14/12 2:18 AM

Hi Kayak,

You don't have to "concede defeat." The problems you are describing are not because of *you.*

Every pattern manufacturer has it's own idea of what a particular size should be. I don't know that there is much consistency from pattern mfr to pattern mfr. Some are closer to the sizes they state and some, like your jeans made for two, are far from reality.

Don't be so hard on yourself.

If no one from PR lives in your area and can meet your needs, there may be sewing classes which will teach pattern adjustments. There are also many here who are skilled with that even though they may have to give you online instructions rather than be available locally.



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Date: 11/14/12 8:17 AM

Look up ASG in your area. I joined the American Sewing Guild here in the Dallas area and they are a wealth of information. I think it is $50.00 to join and the one here has a group just dedicated to fitting issues. Plano has a main ASG and several neighborhood groups. I'm sure every area is different. but worth a look. Also, Burda and Burdastyle (magazine and online) patterns are much better at fitting. Burdastyle you will have to add seam allowances.

Take care and good luck!

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Date: 11/14/12 9:01 AM

Sources in your area might be local tailor/alteration shops attached to dry cleaners, Home Ec teachers, groups like 4-H, ads on Craigslist or quilt shops?
If you don't have a large local library, check out the best-selling books on Amazon--you can buy the good used ones cheaper. Start with
simpler patterns than jeans to boost your ego.
There is a growing support group here of what I call Male Design Engineers, just using different kinds of tools.

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Date: 11/14/12 9:33 AM

As far as the confusing pattern instructions, you can ask on this board and receive assistance. Just start a post and mention the pattern brand and pattern number and type out the instruction sentence or sentences that are confusing.

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Date: 11/14/12 12:07 PM

Did you use ready to wear sizes? First lesson they aren't the same as pattern sizes. You have to measure the areas listed and get a pattern as closest to those measurements as possible. That being said. You still may have to lengthen or shorten for height or leg length. Or maybe adjust the waist or the distance between waist and crotch. As patterns are pretty much made for people with perfect proportions, therefore not people in real life lol. One way to figure is to compare measurements of a good fitting pair of pants and compare them to the pattern and adjust as needed allowing of course for seam allowances and zipper allowances.

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Subject: Need a little One On One Help Date: 11/14/12 3:33 PM

You hit the nail on the head by posting to PR. Greatest resource when in isolation. Taking online PR courses really increased my understanding of patterns. I got lots of help with posting on forums. I joined ASG and can't recommend them enough- terrific courses on pattern making and adjustments. I just signed up for Craftsy.com classes which brings a new aspect to pattern adjustments. You are on the right track. Any of the suggestions posted will give you the tools to figure out what to do to make it fit.
Happy Sewing.

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Subject: Need a little One On One Help Date: 11/14/12 4:50 PM

I find it very helpful to measure key points on an RTW garment which fits reasonably well then compare the measurements to the pattern dimensions.

Special warning - once in a while the finished measurements on the pattern may contain an error.

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Date: 11/15/12 1:01 PM

On the pattern pieces themselves will be a measurement. Some companies have them in or near a circle with an X in it. For the jeans pattern look for this in the hip area and the waist area, probably on the Front pattern piece. Compare that measurement to your own and this will give you a better idea of what size to make. Remember to allow for wearing ease.

For the shirt, there are some great references available. My personal favs are Reader's Digest and Vogue Sewing.

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Date: 11/16/12 1:17 PM

Starting with complicated garments can lead to frustration. Put the jeans and shirt down and try a simple semi-fitted sleeveless sheath dress for your wife.

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