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Draft me a Bodice

Last last Friday my fiancé went to a magic tournament with his friends (read: geek gathering), and some of the wifes decided to get together and sew at the host’s house. I had hosted three sewing parties (aka. juebejue-forces-friends-to-sew-party) at my place, and it was nice going to someone else for a change!

Sadly, all my sewing stuff was packed away in my bathroom, so I only had the sewing machine that i packed into the trunk of my car “just in case I really need to sew” before the remodel started. I was able to dig out my pattern book, and with lots of materials “borrowed” from my friend Andi, I got started with drafting myself a bodice pattern!

Drafting the bodice pattern was considerably harder than the skirt. For starters, I think the woman they used in the book has a very different back shape than I do. Hers bulges out, while mine caves in. I might have also measured my shoulder width from a wrong point (I think the right points to use is the joint you feel when you put your hand on top of your shoulder and move the arm around, where you normally want your sleeves to begin). After much measuring, drawing, confusing, swearing, re-measuring, erasing, drawing, and then sewing and fitting, I think I have a decent bodice.

Advice to people using this book for bodice — if the book doesnt make sense, double check your measurements and calculations! I got cocky and thought their instructions didnt make sense at one point, so I went off and followed my own instruction — turned out that I forgot to divide something by two! Silly me 🙂

Anyone finished drafting a bodice for themselves? How did you like it?


The Making of a Perfect Pair (of Jeans)

I had been wearing my awesome jeans everyday, and now im going to share how I altered the Anita Pattern to make a pair of butt hugging and slightly flared jeans.

(note that all the pictures can be clicked on for full size)

Butt hugging

On the two leg pattern pieces, there is a line across the hip area: “shorten or lengthen here”. I folded along that line and took off a total of 2 inches (the fold was 1 inch tall). Note that I am only 4’11 tall while this pattern was made for someone 5’6&1/4 , so for the taller petite girls, you might want to take off LESS than that. Continue reading