This tutorial has quite a lot of assumed knowledge - it's not for the complete beginner but for someone who feels reasonably confident with the basics of sewing and wants to experiment with their basic patterns a little more.
Through this tutorial I hope that you come to understand a few things about pattern alteration -
- Pattern alteration is not an exact science - there is a lot of tweaking involved. For that reason, don't use your favourite/ most expensive material the first time you make up an altered pattern. Ask me how I know!
- Know what the seam allowance is on your basic pattern is and keep it consistent with any pieces that you draft.
- Bias tape is your best friend! It's so much easier to use and so much more flexible than drafting facings and gives you a lovely finish.
- Gathered sleeves are very forgiving and perfect for the beginner.
- Most things are fixable! See how the placket in the picture is a bit wonky? It's because I made the buttonholes too big. A few stitches on the end of each button hole and voila - a placket that sits much better!
If you'd like to see how I took a basic bodice pattern and made it into the modern vintage top then just click read more.
Oh... and before you start sewing - don't forget we have a giveaway on at the moment. If you'd like to enter, the odds are definitely in your favour!