Sunday, February 17, 2013
Hi, Everyone! It's been a busy week around the homestead and I've been prepping my next project, Simplicity 2562. I saw this pattern when it first came out but didn't really take notice until Erica Bunker made her wonderful yellow version. I'm getting excited to begin cutting and sewing.
I'm using a brown and black houndstooth fabric that I think will look very nice....
Here's my conundrum: the pattern sizing has me wearing the size 22. Now, in ready to wear, I'm a size 12-14, depending on the label but I've noticed increasingly that pattern sizing has me far over and above my normal size. I know that patterns do not run the same as ready to wear but I've never encountered them to be that far off! Even the finished garment measurement at the hip has me at between a 16 and an 18. Luckily, I know that I will have to measure the pattern and make the necessary adjustments to attain the correct fit but, boy I tell you - there's nothing worse for your psyche than seeing your measurements off the charts large.
I've encountered this problem once before when making a Vogue pattern last year and I never finished it because I was so turned off by the pattern sizing having me - again - at a size 20. It hung on me like a sack of potatoes and was quite beyond adjustment. I know I *should* make muslins but I just hate having to do it. Yet, I realize that they are becoming a necessary evil to keep me from wasting my good, more expensive fabric. Drat!!
I need to remember that the pattern measurements are a jumping off point and not the end result. Perhaps I can make just a mock muslin for other future projects. These pants, however, should not require one since they are meant to adjust to fit.
Wish me luck.