I’ve tried giving away a brand new copy of Sandra Betzina’s “Fast Fit” twice now over on Facebook, but both times, the winners have been no-shows. So in the hopes that the third time is the charm, here goes. Leave a comment below on this post and you’ll be entered automatically into the drawing for this fantastic book. Seriously, it’s my go-to fit resource.
Speaking of fit, I’ve been silent recently because I’ve been trying to fit a muslin for a summer dress. It’s one of those Big-4 patterns that has bodice pieces for A/B/C/D cups. The problem is that the back bodice fit is WAY off. Way, way off. The size 14 was huge, and the size 12 is big. There is no way I can fit into the waist of a size 10, so I’m going to punt and pick another pattern. Debbie had noted recently that the upper bodice of a Vogue pattern was too roomy, and in fitting the McCalls pattern in the knits class, we had to universally size down through the bodice. I’m not sure what is going on with the slopers in Big 4 patterns, but I sure as heck wish they would hire someone to redraft them to be closer to the fit of RTW through the upper chest and shoulders.
Shameless plug time! This is for one of my favorite bloggers, Gertie. She has a great blog to read, and she is an utter inspiration! She’s in the midst of writing a book on sewing, and she has been featured on the PBS show “It’s Sew Easy!” (On a completely unrelated note, have I ever told you how much I detest the use of “sew” in place of “so”? Detest it! But that has nothing to do with Gertie.) I advertise on her blog, so I’m a little biased, but I advertise there because I’m biased. I honestly believe that she will be the next big sewing celebrity. And she’s a sweetie!
Gertie recently showed a picture of Deeta Von Teese wearing a Roland Mouret dress and sporting a pin the size of Manhattan. I am totally in love with large brooches, though I rarely wear them. But here’s a little construction tidbit I learned from a woman who worked on the late Princess Diana’s gowns.
To support large, heavy pins and brooches, underline the part of the dress, jacket or top that will support the pin with either muslin (if it’s a heavier garment fabric) or 1 or 2 layers of silk organza. Attach the underlining to the shoulder seam, the front of the armscye, and the neckline seam using small, reasonably tight hand stitches. You can do this after the garment is constructed, if need be. Make sure to pin the brooch through all layers, including the underlining. By adding this layer of support, your garment will stand up better and won’t be distorted by the weight of the pin pulling on it.
That’s it for now. I hope to have something sewing-related to show soon, since the fabric I want to use is practically screaming at me to get cutting.
Now don’t forget, if you want “Fast Fit”, leave a comment below. I’ll have the kids draw a name on Friday afternoon. Good luck and…