We had a great time sewing up a storm yesterday with the mock princess cut mock ups! In only 3 hours the class sewed together the mock up with princess seams from the armhole, no easy feat around the bustline, and fit the body. Some even made adjustments to the mock ups after the fitting!
For the most part the mock ups fit very well, there was one student who got a lesson on the importance of sewing at the actual stitching line rather than deciding to leave 1 cm seam allowance instead of 2 that was allocated, LOL, can you guess the outcome of the mock up in this case? Tell me you answer in the comments...
Another student figured out she had to take the high hip measurement as well and re-draw the hipline to reflect her findings, not at all unusual as the body changes with time, even a short time, also even though the measurements all match in the master pattern that may not necessarily mean the mock up will fit perfectly either. Remember the pattern is made on paper and the mock up is made from fabric they each have their own characteristics and may fit differently than expected. This in no way is indicative of anything that is being done incorrectly as is always the first assumption of students, it is merely indicative of the way the fabric behaves when stitched together so my advice to students is look at the garment objectively and see where and what the issues are. The last thing I want to hear from my students or anyone for that matter is "my body is weird/misshapen/add any other superlative". Your body is your body, learn to love it it's the only one you have, so dress it with comfort and put your personality into the garment's design to feel like a million bucks!
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Have a great 2 weeks!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"