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Date: 1/15/13 8:22 AM

I want to make some simple tops and jackets. I guess i should make some muslins to determine proper fit and adjustments....it has been forever since I have done any garment sewing. I have been quilting. I want to put my serger to good use. Like swimming, i just need to take the plunge! Sigh....

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Date: 1/15/13 8:29 AM

Welcome back to the world of garment sewing! Yes, after a few years, muslins are the way to go. There's a discussion in Patterns and Notions about "what are the basics?" and it is what each person thinks would be their ideal TNT patrtern collection. I'm hoping we turn it into a sew along. Regardless, it's a good topic. And there's so much more support in many other discussions. Best wishes!

If it has been awhile, you might want to think about any body changes since the last time. That was my big awakening!

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Date: 1/15/13 10:12 AM

Before purchasing take accurate body measurements. If you plan to use any of the "big four" pattern companies, look online or through their catalogs at your local JoAnn store & write down the co & pattern number. Then buy when they are on sale for a couple $. You can get the JoAnn sale flyer by signing up at their website.



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Date: 1/15/13 5:24 PM

Quote: EleanorSews
Welcome back to the world of garment sewing! Yes, after a few years, muslins are the way to go. There's a discussion in Patterns and Notions about "what are the basics?" and it is what each person thinks would be their ideal TNT patrtern collection. I'm hoping we turn it into a sew along. Regardless, it's a good topic. And there's so much more support in many other discussions. Best wishes!



If it has been awhile, you might want to think about any body changes since the last time. That was my big awakening!

Oh yea, 30 years have passed since I made a garment. I am sure that my "girlish" figure is no more! Thanks for the great advice. I need to do some searches on this forum.
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Date: 1/15/13 5:53 PM

Welcome Sandygirl! It had been a long time since I had sewn for myself too when I started again 2 years ago. It has been a journey. Fitting is such a huge issue and I was shocked to find that patterns are not as well drafted (at least the big 4) as they use to be. Finding PR has been a huge help. Muslins help and do PR reviews. So, just jump in!

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Date: 1/16/13 5:00 AM

Well, once you have re checked your non girlish measurements lol, you'll be happy to watch all of Peggy Sagers videos for all kinds of fitting help and they are free if you haven't already seen them. Also, craftsy has some great fitting classes, they were on sale for 14.99, don't know if they still are or not. But all of these have helped me a bunch in trying to figure out this strangers body I am stuck in lol.

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Date: 1/16/13 6:19 AM

Even though i am no longer a true p,us size (14 in RTW) i found Barbara Dekerts Craftsy Plus Size Class o helpful. It comes with a pattern and she discusses body shapes, adjusting bust, waist, hips, making a cheap dress form, supplies, fabrics, styles- just about everything. Its a great place to start.

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Date: 1/16/13 7:52 AM

jump on in. I also started sewing after a long absence because I could not find rtw that fit. I was delighted to see how much information is here. Fit for Real People was an eye opener for me. And check out all the new pattern companies. I only knew about McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity,Vogue.

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Date: 1/16/13 9:16 AM

Quote: Sandygirl
I want to make some simple tops and jackets. I guess i should make some muslins to determine proper fit and adjustments....it has been forever since I have done any garment sewing. I have been quilting. I want to put my serger to good use. Like swimming, i just need to take the plunge! Sigh....



Sandy

Taking the plunge is the only way to do it. Invest in cheap fabric for awhile.
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Date: 1/20/13 9:22 PM

Thanks for the great advice! Lots to research and explore.

Sandy

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