Congratulations to Charmain Haynes for winning our last #CustomFit blog post. We’ll be in touch about getting you your prize!
It’s no secret that we don’t live in a perfect world, and consequently things that might seem like they should be easy still aren’t. Obviously I’m talking about something specific: pattern sizes.
Of course I understand that the standard range for pattern sizes is based off of a measurable need and market demand, etc., etc. But the truth is there’s no way that every shape and size can be accounted for when creating patterns. The disappointment isn’t solely in the fact that there is a shocking lack of plus-sized patterns available, but that there aren’t a variety of patterns for different shapes. It’s hard to find a killer pants pattern for a pear shape or a flattering summer top for a large chest. “Specialty” patterns are expensive and at the end of the day, who has money to use on customized clothing patterns when they could just forge ahead with somewhat sub-par, pre-made fits? Shouldn’t we all just buy knits, squeeze into them, and then throw a huge sweatshirt or trash bag over ourselves to feel like decent?
Our #CustomFit post today says, ‘no’ (this is the deus ex machina moment).
That’s right, we’ve done a little homework and have found an alternative to spending a lot on customized clothing because of your size or shpae. Thanks to the incredible network of creative sewists out there, plus-sized patterns and customized clothing is more accessible to you than ever. You might be thinking, “Seams and Scissors mystery writer, you’re bananas. I’ve done my research and there is not a wealth of plus-sized clothing patterns out there.”
Well, smart armscye, you’re right. There are not a lot of tutorials on how to sew plus-size clothing specifically. There are, however, a lot of tutorials on how to alter a pattern. We’ve pulled our favorites for you.
How to Make a Pattern Larger of Smaller
Melly from Melly Sews has done it again. The all-star designer and sewist addresses the art of pattern grading (in layman’s term) in this remarkable post. Discussing the various steps including proportions, this is a great resource for those who are timidly stepping into the world of garment construction. Read it here!
Resizing a Pattern
One of our all-time favorite pattern makers, Jennie Chancey from Sense and Sensibility Patterns has an entire discussion (with tips and photos) on how to resize a pattern. For those of us who are off the beaten path for clothing sizes, this post is miraculous. Short torsos, long torsos, bigger busts, smaller shoulders, these are all addressed in How to Resize a Pattern.
How to Grade a Pattern Up
It’s one thing to show you how to grade up, it’s another to show you step-by-step. We not only love this tutorial on How to Grade a Pattern Up: The Easy Way from Curvy Sewing Collective, we love the entire community from which it springs. This site is a wealth of information for those looking to find plus-sized sewing tips of the trade. Thank you, Tanya, for this amazing article.
Wendi from Shiny Happy World goes into how to enlarge a dress pattern, but via video. This makes understanding how to expand a pattern remarkably more accessible. The pattern Wendi works with in this post is for a girls’ dress, but the concept can be applied to very basic designs such as shift dresses, and regular tees.
To enter to win this gorgeous pattern, tell us:
Why do you think plus-size clothing patterns are so hard to find, when so many people need them?
OFFICIAL RULES FOR DAILY CONTEST:
There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post.
Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
You have until December 21st, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on the project above. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.
#CustomFit Forecast: The next topic of conversation will be…. December 22nd!