Recently I was asked: ‘How do you find a sewing pattern that fits?’
It didn’t take me long to have an answer,
You can’t! And it’s true fashion sewers.
It’s a rarity if not an impossibility to purchase a sewing pattern that right from the off fits your body shape exact.
It just doesn’t happen! FACT.
So, what are we going to do about it.
Well, you could think –
‘To hell with fashion sewing, I’ll try something else,’
Or, you could approach the problem from a different angle, and think –
‘I’ll learn how to adjust my sewing pattern so it fits like a glove!’
And if it’s the latter, then read on because today, we begin our quest to learn the basics of sewing pattern adjustment.
Let’s start with sloping shoulders!
[toggle title=”Sloping Shoulders”]The shoulder area to a garment is probably the most important there is.
Think about it.
Clothing hangs from the shoulder as it would a closet / wardrobe hanger.
If you don’t adjust your sewing patterns to accommodate different shoulder types, no matter how well made the rest of the garment is, it will NEVER fall, drape and flow as it should.
When we buy our sewing patterns, it’s almost inevitable that adjustments will need to be made to the shoulder to correctly fit the many variations of angular shapes we possess.
Sloping shoulders are probably the most angular and typically fall away from the neckline almost diagonally.
If you have sloping shoulders or are making a garment for somebody that does, sewing pattern adjustments WILL be necessary. Let me show you how.
Sewing Pattern Adjustments- Sloping Shoulders
Try to follow these easy to follow directions when adjusting your sewing patterns for sloping shoulders:
1 Place a mark for the required amount of adjustment at the shoulder line / top of the armhole.
2 From the neck point, draw a line to that first marking.
3 At the armhole side seam, measure the same amount as the shoulder measurement (point 1) and then mark a curved line to the notch / balance mark.
4 Cut along both drawn lines. Your sewing pattern has now been adjusted to fit.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Happy fashion sewing.