Welcome to Fashion Sewing Blog and the next sew-a-long sewing project.
Since I advertised this sewing project around a month ago, see also – A Checklist for the Butterick B5391 Easy Pants, I have received lots of interest from my readers and the numbers participating in this sewing project has steadily risen. I believe the reason for this is as follows -
The pattern is a good investment, and the makers have purposely drafted into the product, an ability to shorten the pattern sufficiently for the petite body shape. (This is different from the normal shortening we do from time to time).
The sewing pattern also has four great styles of trouser as well as a skirt pattern. We will look at the skirt in more detail in a future tutorial.
Before we start, I would just like to reiterate that although I will be making up style B trouser pattern, you can choose to make any of the others as the concept of making this pattern remains constant throughout.
The Butterick B5391 Fast and Easy Sewing Project
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Step One – Cut out your sewing pattern pieces for your chosen style. Don’t forget to use your paper scissors.
In this sewing project tutorial, before we lay these pattern pieces onto fabric, I will tissue fit and make the necessary adjustments so as the sewing pattern properly fits my body shape.
Tip – Watch How to Tissue Fit Your Sewing Pattern Pieces to see how this is done!
Hint – The slideshow below will now look in more detail at the tissue fitting of this sewing project.
Tissue Fitting the Butterick B5391 Fast and Easy Sewing Pattern
NB – Click on each photo to enlarge it and take a better look.
1 – Welcome to the Butterick B5391 Fast and Easy Sewing Project.
2 – If you are a petite size, this slide demonstrates the line positioning that you will need to make the necessary adjustments to.
3 – Pin the darts into position, then pin the back and front leg pattern pieces together. Remember that you will be pinning on the right side of the pattern and the seams are pinned on the right side.
4 – Place your right leg into the pattern, as you would a normal pair of trousers. This will aid you find the centre front line of the sewing pattern. This must be in line with your belly button as should the center back of the pattern, which should be in line with the crease of your buttocks. If this is not the case, make the relevant adjustments.
Tip – Watch How to Adjust and Alter a Sewing Pattern for a demonstration.
5 – To make the adjustments needed to the back of the sewing pattern, lengthen, remove one dart and increase the centre back seam. You may not need to make any alterations, this is what I had to do to make the pattern fit.
6 – The side seam alignment is good for my shape (how is it for you?) I just need to lengthen the upper part of the pants.
7 – I have to lengthen the pattern at the hip line by 2cms.
8 – I have to lengthen the pattern at the hip line by 3cms.
9 – Centre Back Line Adjustment – from the waistline I marked out 3cms and tapered the pattern to nothing upon reaching the crutch line.
10 – My new adjusted patterns pieces that will now fit my body shape.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if your having any problems at this stage of the sewing project. I am always happy to help.
Please upload your tissue fitting images to Sewing-ista Gallery and compare to others participating in this sewing project.
In Sewing Project, part 2 – The Butterick B5391 Easy Pant, we will make a toile (some of you may know it as a muslin) and begin to look at the construction process.
Happy fashion sewing,
Colleen G Lea