Pattern Fitting Trouble

I don’t know about you, but trying to make an item of clothing that actually fits is something I’ve been struggling with. Either the pattern company is adding some strange amounts of ease, or the pattern has hardly any ease at all!

So, I decided to have a go at making a bodice sloper to try and figure out my own sizing a bit better. So far I have the paper pattern drawn out – it looks a bit small, but the instructions said to stick with it, so that’s what I’m going to do! I doubt the armholes will look right, given that I don’t (yet) have a French Curve ruler to use, but I’m hoping that the fit will be reasonably accurate to my shape.

Several weeks later, and I have a bodice sloper that kind of fits! The back seems a different length to the front for some odd reason, and there’s quite a generous amount of ease – I’m not sure if that was intentional from the pattern instructions or if my measuring was off in a few places!

For this sloper to actually be of some practical use, I now need to figure out how to make alterations to a pattern using my sloper as a template. The website guide I was using, showed how to spot where some alterations could be made, but didn’t actually explain how to actually alter the patterns, so I’ll have to hunt around for some instructions on that!


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