I spent two days at Sarah Veblen's latest sewing retreat Sarah's site (yes, the Sarah Veblen of The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting book reviews ) and all I got was.... three, custom fitted sewing patterns!!! Sarah scheduled a four day retreat but offers a variable pricing table to fit your schedule. I originally only had one day available because of some company in town but a second day opend up and I was able to get three patterns fitted and marked in that time frame.
These are currently not much to look at but after Sarah has evaluated each one on your body, she pins in her fitting adjustments and then you mark your mock up garment and transfer those changes to your paper pattern. Here's the current result....next up these will be transformed into wearable garments fit for my very asymmetrical body.
|Jacket pattern I selected for Sarah's fitting help....with no intention of it being reversible|
|Look at all those great fitting lines!|
|The pattern/picture doesn't make my heart sing but the design and fitting lines are terrific.|
|Remember this one?|
We agreed on tossing two of the mock-ups that I had brought with me and using the collar from another one of them but giving up on the rest of the jacket pattern itself. That's an awfully liberating thing to do and really lets me focus mentally on making the other patterns work for me. I just went to look up one of the Simplicity patterns that I tossed and discovered that it is also OOP. Simplicity 2191 S 2191 was one of the bust cup sizing patterns, a tunic with long or short sleeves and shoulder princess seams. I thought it had some good potential to be a light summery tunic but both Sarah and I agreed that the lines made it look just dumpy, perhaps too wide a shoulder princess, and wasn't worth the rebuild.
The next one was a fitted jacket with the same "bones" as the Vogue one above. It was a Today's Fit pattern and I'd sewn it three different times but never finished any of them. I was never really happy with the result around the upper bust and armscye, despite all the fitting opportunities there. Sarah agreed that it just wasn't worth the work and I tossed it....but saved the terrific shawl collar technique to use on the Vogue jacket version some day.
|Best shawl collar but otherwise not good for me.|
I've raved before how working with Sarah on a fitted jacket pattern about six years ago at a similar retreat was a sewing life-changing experience for me. These two days were filled with the same precision, thoroughness and care on Sarah's behalf as she works with you on whatever projects you choose to bring. Her gentle, encouraging spirit is such a contrast to my childhood sewing teacher scoldings and criticism adding to my own self-doubt and rebelliousness. I hope you have a sewing teacher or classes near you that are as much fun and as inspirational.