Wednesdays with Lynda: Truing the Pattern
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. This post marks my completion of the class.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached the last lesson in Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit Craftsy class. We’ve fit our muslins, and we’re now ready to double check our work and true the pattern.
To begin the class, Lynda has invited back her fit models, and they’re each wearing their basted-together muslins. Lynda focuses on the overall hang of the garment as well as the placement of the darts and seams. She also double checks the fit one more time. You might think that the fit should be perfect now, but she reminds us that fitting is an iterative process. In fact, she reminds us that we’ll likely have to tweak the muslin we make based off these pattern changes as well!
The bulk of the rest of the class is focused on correcting the pattern. While truing the pattern, she walks many of the seams, starting at the armhole and the armscye (I will also admit to learning here that armhole describes the sleeve seam on the bodice, armscye describes the curved seam on the sleeve – up to this point I thought those terms were interchangeable!). She uses multiple plastic rulers to do her walking, but I’m excited to try out the process with my new measuring wheel from SA Curve Ruler (watch this space for a thorough review of my efforts!). Lynda also covers the typical ease she likes in a sleeve for a garment like this one. Next it’s on to the rest of the garment, and more seam walking!
Finally, Lynda puts one of the fit models into her second muslin (screen shot above). She points out all the good changes that were made, but she also catches a few new places where the fit still needs to be modified. The new changes are fairly minor though, which is reassuring that though this process might be iterative, each round of fitting should get faster.
And, that’s it! I wish I had a new muslin to show off from all of my efforts reviewing this course, but I will admit that I’m actually looking forward to rewatching all of these videos again later (once my body reaches a steady state again). After watching all of these videos at least once this summer (many lessons were watched two or three times!), I’m fairly confident that these lessons will be second nature by the time I watch them once more through. And, having the confidence to fit myself and others is huge for my sewing. I can’t wait to tackle some in-depth woven garments next year. But, for now, I think you’ll be seeing a lot of lycra here as I figure out what it means to sew maternity wear!
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.