Someone commented the other day that they liked dressmaking but whatever they made never looked like on the pattern. Well Im sure a few of us have felt like that I definately have. It made me think why is this so I believe this occurs in all dressmakers experienced and inexperienced. After all most people that buy sewing patterns have knowledge of how to sew, and there are great resources and sewing instructions to help. So why?
After alot of thought, Here is my theory
1. Style It is the first choice we make when starting a garment. Do you know what suits your shape?
Are you buying the pattern because it looks good in the picture or because its a style you know suits you. I often see a pattern and think its great but I know wouldnt work on me, but sometime you can pick out what you like about a pattern and make it work for you
"OOh I love this pattern" the grey version. (This picture isn't showing up on my draft but is on preview. Hope it works )
its so fresh, my favourite colours,. I like the contrast stripes and also the pockets.
But I know this wouldnt suit me. I personally feel I need a more structured shape
Also this is a clever photo shoot. When I started viewing other images of it, it look different. Either that dress is pinned at the back or its incredibly fine material, the terracotta version gives a better idea.
Vogue 8577 I would suit this style better . It has the Same V neck, and similar pockets, but more structured which I prefer. You could even use 2 fabrics like in the other style, as it is constructed of many pieces.
2. Fabric Choice
So you have the pattern that you know works well for your shape, now if you have chosen the wrong fabric you will probably not be happy with the final result. Again do your homework drape the fabric on you in the shop and look at it (hoping the shop has a mirror) Read the pattern suggestions, take note about stripes checks etc. Also the weight of the fabric, how it hangs. Yes this is logic. Of course you could go down another route and topic of conversation "Colour Analysis The do say if you arent wearing the right colours, it ages you, makes you look washed out, If wearing the right colours, people say you look well etc.
Im sure we all have an outfit in our wardrobe which we feel happy in. Is it the style, the colour, or the fit that you like about it?
We have the pattern and the right fabric and if you are bothered about such things the right colour. So what else can make it look wrong. You cannot expect to just make up a pattern and expect it to look like on the envelope without taking the time to tweak it to fit properly. For me the fitting makes the outfit Here is my example.
The pattern stated make in 11/2 hours. Ok this is a pretty straight forward pattern for me, I tacked up the pattern and tried it on (humour me I enjoy tacking) the top looked like a sack of potatoes on me, I had to take in alot of fabric under the bust to give it shape. Now if I had just made it up it as specified it would have taken 11/2 hours but because of the fitting it took me alot longer and looked alot different, and yes I was happy with the result.
So Readers I believe it is a mixture of choices. This is only my account that I am sharing with you. Iam no expert and will more than likely still make sewing boo boos. Sewing is an ongoing learning curve, this is what I have learnt personally over time.
Not my usual post I write, hope you find this informative and enjoyed it. I would love to hear any other tips and views please