Last month I decided to try clothing construction again. Making clothing was my earliest introduction to sewing from 4-H when I was about the age of my 3rd graders. To this day, you will never find me making any kind of drawsting bag or triangular head scarf, since those were the very first things that I made, learning to sew. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing the matter with either of those, but they take me back to more years ago than I will admit. And I need to move on.
So, in the wonderful era of internet that we live in today, I did some research on how to make commercial patterns fit me. My problem is "the girls." I need an FBA (Full Bust Adjustment). Just to set the record straight, if you do not need this, be thankful!
I had a simple top pattern, Simplicity 5921. I followed the graphics from So-So Sewist using the McCall's method for my modifications. It seemed (seamed?!...sewing joke...haha!) to address my concerns and ended up working very well for me.
I was a good girl and made a muslin from my initial changes to check the fit...that was a first for me! This fits nicely, although it could be better if I had had someone to help me with the fittings. And the picture could be better if I had had someone to help me with the photography!
I added my own touch with the bias trim on the neckline, armholes, and hemline. Love the results, even though it took a lot of time to do. Now, I have fabric for another top from this pattern and have an idea of how to change the neckline, armholes, & hemline.
Time to go experiment.
Check out the fabulous finds from these links:
Fabric Fun Thursday @ Cheap Chic Home
Make It Wear It @ The Train to Crazy (Absolutely LOVE the name of this blog!!!)
Finished for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Sew & Tell @ amylouwho
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming