Come and learn how to fit a commercial top pattern to your shape with Nita-Jane from Pattern Fantastique. Spend a full day learning about pattern preparations and alterations that will enhance your sewing experience and give you garments that really fit!
Teacher: Nita-Jane McMahon
Workshop Duration: Full Day
Description: Fit is something that we don't talk about much but that affects us all. To spend hours making a garment that gapes or doesn't have enough room in the bust can be heart breaking. Patterns are made for a standard size and shape - which our wonderful unique bodies very rarely match. This class will take you through how to get a commercial top pattern to fit your body.
Starting with taking your own measurements accurately and assessing pattern information. Learn how to map your numbers onto pre-existing pattern. How to choose the best size for you and any pre-cut tweaks you can make.
Then using a pattern toile (that you bring to class with you!), we will look at common fit issues and how fix them. The class will cover shoulders, full and petite bust adjustment, and a comprehensive sleeve adjustments. You will also learn how to pivot darts and true a pattern.
Materials: More information will be sent to you closer to the event but you will need to do some homework! You will need to arrive at class with a pre-made top - we will send you the pattern details - ready to get stuck into learning about fit.
Please also bring:
- Paper scissors
- Pencils and sharpener
- Tape measure
- French curve
- Straight ruler or a pattern making grade ruler
- Calculator/ phone
- Masking tape and preferably a dispenser.
- Tracing wheel.
Takeaway: Take home a de-constructed toile, manipulated pattern and the confidence to adjust bodices from neck to hem.
Level: Intermediate. You must know how to sew and have some experience sewing garments.