First of all, Andsoforth asked what pattern I used for last week's cardigan. It was loosely based on McCall's 6844. If you'd like to know what changes I made, please leave me your email and I'll be glad to explain how I achieved my look.
Judith Burgess wanted to know what pattern I had used for This jacket.
It's Silhouette Patterns 1825 and I would advise you to read my post concerning this pattern before buying it as I had issues with it.
And lastly, someone asked me ( I can't find the comment ) a while back for advice concerning starting up a Sewing Group and as that is something that I'm very happy to have done about 6 or 7 years ago and it is still going strong and is very enjoyable, I'd be glad to talk to you about this . If you leave me an message with your email address , I'll get back to you pronto.
Now about Surefit Designs.
I've spent every chance I got in the last three weeks working on my body blueprint (sloper ), and testing for fit. My well fitting sloper has not come easily ! It certainly didn't fit me right out of the envelope.But I want to stress that Glenda Sparling is wonderful in helping with any issue in addition to providing a whole library of help videos and articles. I also want to thank Joy of Joyful Expressions (have you seen her videos? She's such a riot!! ) . Joy has been so kind in giving me help and advice. Thank you , again Joy, so much!
Now to be fair, I've developed many fitting issues as I've gotten older. Long gone are the days when a size 10 fit me right out of my Vogue pattern envelopes (I've always loved Vogue ). If you're young, or not so young , or old like me and are slim and fit, you probably could plot that thing from the master pattern and get a great fit.
My issues are: sloping ,narrow ,forward thrusting shoulders (Yeah, I know)
DD bust but narrow midriff and short waisted (that one is hard) Surefit Designs include a bust dart template which makes FBA's unnecessary.)
rounded upper back ( due to many years as a teacher and just as many years obsessed with sewing)
Most of my challenges were in the back bodice and in my shaping the armscye to my narrow ,sloping shoulders. I think I'm happy with what I've developed and I do have a funnel neck top finished that is part of my Easter outfit. I'll show you on my dressform , which I've padded to my shape, and next week, I'll highlight how it looks on me.
My incentive to buy the system was because of my increasing interest in pattern drafting and designing what is in my head.I'm not ready yet to advise anyone to buy the Surefit Design system. I need to see if I can achieve that and if my sloper actually makes it easier to achieve a good fit with the Big Four patterns Once I do, I'll be glad to give an opinion .
Tomorrow , I'm going to work on a jacket that is part of my Easter outfit and I want to use my sloper as a starting point. We shall see !!!
I'd really appreciate hearing more from other users of SFD, so pretty please, leave me your thoughts.
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