Monday, July 07, 2008

The Sewing Week Jacket Part 1

I've decided to work on a jacket this week.I'm going to use the fitting technique from the book titled,Fit For Real People by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto .
This book teaches a Pattern tissue fitting method as an alternative to making a muslin.One of the things that made me want this book was,it features many different sizes and shapes of women ,who actually have used the recommended techniques to create their own garments.
I decided on a casual, princess seam,lined,blazer.I'm using an OOP Vogue 8042.It's real basic.
I will work on this all week and post my progress daily.
The book advises buying a jacket pattern by the high bust measurement instead of the full bust measurement.Cut the pattern and pin the pattern together (front,back,sides and sleeves) and observe the fit before making any adjustments. I'm sharing these, roll exposing pics with you in the name of fitting perfection.I was doubtful of the whole plan after looking at these initially.
See how incredibly small the pattern is. My fitting issues are: full bust(D cup),pot belly,sloped shoulders,broad back and full upper arms. Check out the back.Remember this is before any changes.
Now after this,I had to un-pin the pattern,press and make the suggested adjustments and try it on again. After the adjustment were made,this tiny looking pattern actually fits! My doubts began to subside.
I have to work on this a little bit each day during my work week.(got to make money to buy more fabric,right.)
Tomorrow ,I'll share the adjustments and more.


Carla said...

Please, Please, Please <---think James Brown with this> Would you show how you did the FBA. I have that book but my adjustments never really worked well.

I'm looking forward to seeing your progress with this jacket.


Sherril said...

Lisa, are you sure you weren't describing me? I think you are going to be happy with the smaller pattern. You have a lot of seams to work with on a princess style. I'm looking forward to the next stages. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Faye Lewis said...

I'll tell you what I know from observing you - you are a great sewist who is determined enough to branch out to learn and try new methods and techniques and they work for you. You are an inspiration and keep me on my toes. Did you notice how many people commented on your Burda skirt - I call that celebrity status! When are the sewing classes starting up?

Ebony said...

Good luck on this Lisa. How is the other coat coming along. Haven't sewed since last weekend and I don't know when I will get another chance. I have been reading like a mad dogfor school. What fabric will you use?

Sheila said...

I have the Palmer/Pletsch DVDs and they great tutorials.

Thanks for the beautiful compliment.