Pattern tweaking

Creations, Life around home / Friday, October 12th, 2012

Here is a sewing trick I learned from local pattern-maker Brenda Wenger.

If you sew your own dresses (particularly cape dresses) and are not 100% happy with how they are turning out, cut yourself a practice bodice from an old sheet or piece of scrap fabric.

(Yes. Unfortunately my patterns truly are cut from old newspaper.)

Sew it up—just the bodice—and try it on. Minus a cape and a skirt, it’s so much easier to notice areas of misfit and adjust your pattern accordingly. I jot notes on the fabric with ink, so I won’t forget.

You can move seams forward or backward, add darts, trim excess, extend lengths…

It’s always good to tweak a pattern now and then.

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Janelle Glick
9 years ago

“it’s always good to tweak a pattern now and then”… especially after baby number 3! 🙂

9 years ago

Dear Mrs. Zook

I need a few clarifications to understand this tutorial. What’s a pattern???? Does it have something to do with sewing?

Utterly confused in Meadville

9 years ago
Reply to  Shaunda

Dear Utterly Confused,

Your question is entirely valid in light of the almost complete lack of wardrobe owned by your tutor. A pattern is what she calls the cobwebby newspaper dug out of a back cupboard. She thought it was time, seeing as how her current dresses are a) paint-spattered, b) circa 1950’s, or c) falling off.

Hope this will be somewhat helpful. More details can be obtained for a small fee.

Yours truly,
Mrs. Zook