Tuesday, June 02, 2009

i don't want to.

i need to make a permanent note to myself that before i embark on any major sewing step, i should wait 24-48 hours to make sure i've covered all the angles.

instead of jumping into pattern grading, it occurred to me that i should first try cutting off the extra 1 1/4" i added on to the pattern when i created my own cutting lines & check the fit the again. if at that point the jumper was still too big, then i could grade it down a size.

the fit is pretty decent, although i'll have to take it in a bit here & there at the bodice, but i'd say a size 18/36" bust pattern is still the right pattern size for me, at least for patterns from the 1940s. i'll need to learn the pattern grading skills eventually though, because the 1940s trousers pattern is a size 20.

the next step in the instructions is to make some bias tape for around the armhole edges.

bias tape is a pain to make (i made some for the green piping for vogue 8425) in the same way that the last thing you want to do is deal with the turkey pan tonight.

that bias tape in all the wrong colors in the cheesy package from the major craft store chain is suddenly looking really attractive.

we don't have a major craft store chain in SF, but if we did i'd be telling myself that no one is going to see the mint green bias tape anyway.

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