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From: seamstress16
Date: 11-02-2006, 06:20 PM (1 of 2)
I have bought two books on pattern drafting. I've checked one book on pattern drafting. For some reason, I cannot seem to make bodice patterns that work. The side seams appear to slant inward once I sew in the dart. The shoulder seam is never right. It is always too slanted. I have made patterns using my measurements, using standard measurements and everything I can think of. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong? Actually, would anyone be willing to give me a detailed description as to what I need to do? I am beyond frustrated, but in need of learning how to do this. I need help and would appreciate any help that can be offered.

User: seamstress16
Member since: 01-29-2005
Total posts: 88
From: Cathie.Tombs
Date: 11-05-2006, 06:09 PM (2 of 2)
I Can Really Understand Your Frustrations. I Am 57, Plus, With Narrow Shoulders, Smaller Upper Bust, And D Cup, About 45 Inches. I Have Been Going Nuts Trying To Get Good Fit, Mainly For The Bodice (as The Skirt Falls From This, Unless We Are Making Pants). Although I Would Like To Be Very Successful Yesterday, All This Is A Learning Process. After Accurate Measurements, And Making The Changes You Think Would Be Right, To Your Paper Pattern, You Can Cut It Out Of Similar Weight Fabric, And Call It A Muslin. If You Make The Seam Areas Wider, You Have Some Play Room. Everyone Is Made Differently, So Our Clothes Must Be Made To Suit Our Shapes. I Too Have The Weird Shifting Seams, Tug At Backs, Etc. Barbara Deckert Writes For Plus Ladies (14 Up), But Is Very Helpful. The Strange Wrinkles, Etc. Can Talk To Us , Show Us Where We Need To Add, Subtract, Etc. Also, You Could Thread Trace Some Horizontal And Vertical Lines, Like Through Center Front, And A Line Through That, Bisecting, To Help You See If You Are Keeping On-grain. I Just Keep Reading And Trying. Whenever I Find Another Sewing Book (library, Second-hand, New) I Go To Fitting. There Are Many Ways To Do Pattern Alterations, And Fitting, And Some Will Or Won't Work For Us Individually. Just Experiment, Experiment, Experiment, And Try Not To Be Too Hard On Yourself. I Take A Walk, Or A Time Out, If Too Irritated With My Work, And, When I Am Freasher, It Seems Better. Also, A Little Hand Mirror To Check The Back View. If Possible, A Fit Partner Can Really Help. Or Asking On These Sewing Sites. Many Of Us Are In The Same Boat. Also, To Amuse Ourselves When Waiting, We Can Try Reading Other People's Wrinkles, In Their Clothes, And Quiz Ourselves, So To Speak, On What Solutions Would Have Helped, Silently, Of Course. If Possible, Sewing Friends, Though These Can Be Few And Far Between. Happy Sewing!!!!!
User: Cathie.Tombs
Member since: 08-27-2006
Total posts: 44
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