Apparel Prep

I’ve purchased a lot of clothing patterns and a lot of fabric for clothing recently. Also, I’ve recently acquired a new toy thanks to a very generous and fabulous friend, but I will save that surprise for another post. Anyway, I really want to make some clothing, but there’s a lot of prep work and I just don’t have the time in the hour or so after working out and dinner during the week. So this weekend I spent A TON of time (like 20 hours) just prepping a bunch of patterns.

Pattern Prep


When I originally traced the Wiksten Tova and Tank Top, I just traced the top versions, not the dress versions. So the first thing I did was to go back and trace the dress versions. Then I had to trace the Esme Top, the Super Simple Skinny Jeans, and the Clara Dress from Sew Liberated onto pattern paper because I hate cutting into patterns in case I might want to make another size someday. Then, I had to put together the printed paper pieces for The Ruby Top by Made by Rae, the Bess Top by Imagine Gnats, the Lady Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo, and the Date Night Dress and Slip by April Rhodes. Then I had to trace all of those, too.



Next up was muslins. I knew that the Date Night Dress and Slip probably had to be made smaller since I had to make the Staple Dress smaller. I altered the slip pattern, but I ended up leaving the Date Night Dress. I’m going to make one and see how it turns out. If I need to make it smaller, I easily can. The only other muslin that I had to alters was the Lady Skater. I went a size up since I like my knit a little less snug than most people wear theirs. I’m slightly worried about the rise of the skinny jeans. I like my waist band to sit at the top of my hips right below my natural waist. I think these are going to be a little lower and I’m not entirely sure how to fix it. I guess I would just take the front and back pieces and extend the top. I need to do some more trying on and comparing to my favorite jeans to really know if they’re OK or not. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m up for it.

I have to say something about sizing. It’s super messed up. I took my measurements, looked up what it should be on the pattern, and then had A LOT of doubt. I’ve consistently always just sewn the smallest size on patterns, but for some reason, I wanted to check this time against my measurements. I’m not sure if pattern sizes line up to store sizes, but I’m normally a 0 to 00 in store sizes. In patterns though, I’m jumping up to a 4 or 6 based on my measurements (they usually start at a 2). Is that normal? I ended up going with the second to smallest size on all of them and the muslins seemed like they fit OK, but may be a little drapey. I’m wondering if I should just go back to my smallest size method, but I’m going to give this a try with this round of clothing. I can always take the items in if I need to. If I do end up going back to the smallest size though, I’m going to be very pissed because it’s like always 2-3 inches smaller than my measurements. WTF?! I don’t wear my clothing tight so that means either I’m not measuring myself correctly (I am. I Googled how to, found a bunch of different articles, and used the most consistently mentioned method.) or the pattern sizes are just messed up.

Anyway, I’ve now used up all of my pattern paper and most of my muslin making fabric. I guess I won’t be going on another apparel binge for awhile…not that I need to.


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