Wednesdays with Lynda: Lower Body
The next few months I’m sewing along with Lynda Maynard. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to learn how to sew the perfect fit. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
This week Lynda conquers the fit of the skirt. She starts with a model that has a skirt that fits well at the waist; looks great at the front because all of the darts, lines, and seams fall where they should; but won’t close at the back anywhere other than the tippy tippy top. Again, a quick cut and spread, and the center back can magically close. And, again, Lynda makes her cuts all the way through the skirt from seam to seam. The next model is the “back action figure”. (Lynda just cracks me up with her descriptions.) This model is the same as the miraculous transformation I noted last week, and Lynda pulls off some stellar alterations in this week’s lesson as well. I hope Craftsy doesn’t mind that I took a screen shot of the video lesson while Lynda was comparing the “Before” and “After” shots for this second model. I really wanted to show all of you the improvement to fit that was achieved (photo above). Now, I think the “Before” skirt muslin size was chosen based on this model’s bust size, so I did wonder what the original skirt would have looked like had she tried on a skirt that was sized more appropriately for her waist or hips. But, what you can’t see above is that Lynda made almost no changes to the front of the skirt, so perhaps it was best to start with the size she did?
When we were fitting Jennifer of My Sewing Suite, you can see in her post here that we only made a few changes to the skirt, which were to only cut down as far as the darts since the skirt fit fine below the hips. I wonder again if perhaps we should have cut all the way from top to bottom and then reshaped the side seam as needed to get the desired shape of the skirt since, again, Lynda always seems to cut through from seam to seam. Jennifer actually emailed Lynda with her image, and Lynda only suggested she make an adjustment to get rid of her front “rudder” (something the second model had in the back of her skirt before fitting), so perhaps what we did was actually okay? As an aside, I just think it’s awesome how active most of the Craftsy professors are with their students. The fact that Lynda would email Jennifer is just awesome!
This weekend is the Second Seattle Seamster Fitting Session. It stands to be much, much larger than the first session. Here’s to hoping that I can remember what I’ve learned from watching these videos (nearly twice now) and from the first fitting session when surrounded by so many muslins!
As a reminder, I received this class for free from Craftsy in return for an honest review. If you’re interested in taking this class yourself, follow this link for 40% off Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit.