It is time for some truthtelling. I have not made a successful garment from scratch for myself in almost 10 years. I remember a time when almost all my clothes were me-made and I loved it. At 5’11”, I lengthened almost every pattern out of necessity and I was totally comfortable sewing size 16 patterns which fit me and worked out fine for my D-cup bustline.
Well here I am, 9 years A.T. (After Twins) and I feel stuck. The items I have attempted to sew for myself have not worked out well. At. All. I got fitted for new bras two weeks ago and I’m now a (*gulp*) G-cup. Getting patterns to fit me now is no longer just a matter of lengthening pieces. Just cutting out larger size patterns have led to some serious wadders. My attempts at FBAs have not worked well either. I have become frustrated. And my flat pattern measurement work and pattern grading failures have made me feel like a fat cow. (Which may or may not be true…Ok, Steve, I know I know. I’m not fat…)
Yet hopeful. I remember having great success with sewing (years ago…). I designed and sewed my own prom dress for goodness sake! I loved having the ability to control how my wardrobe looked by color, style, fit, and fiber content. And as (an erstwhile) lover of Boden’s style but not their prices, I really miss being able to “get the look” for much less!
So what am I going to do about all this? A couple of things:
1. I’m going to accept my size and proportions. If my bust measurements are truly (*ahem*) 38 upper and 44 full, I am going to accept that and move forward. If I need to grade patterns I love that don’t fit my measurements I will do that too!
2. I’m going to get the FBA down! I signed up for Sarah Veblen’s Bust Adjustments course on PatternReview. Fingers crossed that I can get this right!
I can’t go out with a completely pic-free post. Here’s a shot of my long-lost
body prom dress.