I’ve only sewn knits a few times before, spoiler alert: it didn’t go well.
About once a year I get the bug to try sewing apparel. I’m not particularly talented at it, I find the curved lines and pattern tracing to be annoying. I love the simplicity and elegance in straight lines matching up when I’m piecing a quilt and how forgiving it can be. When I’m done piecing a quilt top and it’s 1 to 2 inches bigger or smaller than I intended the world doesn’t stop spinning; but with clothing being off by just a little is a game changer.
When I was at Jo-Ann’s they had a 5 for $5 sale on patterns and these two gorgeous knits on an end cap, so armed with my $5 of $35 coupon I decided, why not give it a go? I really shouldn’t be left unattended there.
I measured myself accurately, used the Simplicity size help webpage, checked twice etc. and decided I was a large. That seemed legit; in ready to wear I vary between medium and large most of the time and I figured I could trust the size chart. I wasn’t even “on the edge” I was clearly in the large sizes.
Well guess what, I’m a medium! Awesome…I love spending hours tracing patterns, cutting materials, reviewing endless blog posts about knits then sewing up a top that doesn’t fit.
Worst part is it’s not just over-sized in the torso – the neck/shoulders are too big so there’s no easy way for me to modify it or tack in the sides to make it work for my body. I’m not even streatching it out in these pictures
I do love how the back is a flutter opening so I think I will make this top again, but I will make a muslin of at least the under layer to make sure the medium fits properly next time. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.
I got feedback that indie patterns tend to size better than the major brands you can find in the store but I don’t have much experience in this area.
Have you sewn adult apparel – do you have this problem with the big pattern manufacturers?