Hello Sew Alongers!
This week we are tracing our patterns and cutting out our fabric!
Step 1: Measure yourself
This is easiest with a friend. Measure around the largest (pointiest) part of your bust, around your waist (this is your "natural" waistline which means where your hourglass is the skinniest. It's also about 3-4 inches above your belly button), and your hips (the bootiest part of your booty). Mark down your measurements and take a look at the back of the pattern. Hopefully, your measurements are perfect and all fit in one size. Not like me who has 3 measurements in 3 different sizes. If this happens to you, email me (meganrw1 (at) gmail (dot) com) because we will have to do some sewing trickery. (and I'll be talking about this at a later date- maybe on the next project because it's like a whole chapter of information called "pattern adjustment" and I don't want to bore you...just yet....)
Step 2: Trace pattern
OK- so you've got your size. Great! So using your chosen tracing medium (on the island here we used wax paper and a sharpie- worked awesome!) Find your size and trace all 8 pieces of your pattern (2 bodice pieces, 2 skirt pieces, 1 sleeve piece, 2 facing pieces and 1 pocket piece if you are making a pocket). Get all those pieces cut out and make sure you note all of the weird little triangles and circles and grain lines. I promise- you'll need these later and you'll get super annoyed if you didn't take this time to do them. In fact, this first part is the most annoying part of the whole process... it takes forever and is really unsatisfying. But if you don't do it now- the rest of the project will take longer. No one wants that.
"Why are we essentially making a copy of the pattern?" -You
Good question. You can just cut your pattern out. And that's what I've done in the past. But then I lost weight (and then gained more of it back but that's a story for another time) and was SUPER mad at myself for cutting my pattern!! And I had to buy another one. Sooooo..... lesson learned. Make a copy of your pattern so you can mark all your notes all over it and make a million of the same dress for the next 10 years because it looks THAT awesome on you. Yep.
Step 3: Drink!
Celebrate!! The boringest part of this whole endeavour is over! Wheeee!! Next, you get to cut your fabric out which is super fun and really, really satisfying. Go you!