It started here. Because you know if Tina says it’s a good pattern it must be. She is genius at that kind of thing. I downloaded it immediately and then worried about the huge pile of A4 sheets that the printer spat out. OMG.
And a frustrating 2 tries at taping together the 75 page (I’m not kidding) jigsaw puzzle that this pattern turned out to be.
So beautiful those two large scale patterns are. Not least because they were such a struggle to fit together.
Then, laid out, My size (from the enormous selection of child to plus size fully grown woman) was identified and traced on to lightweight interfacing to make a permanent, flexible and durable pattern.
I love working with this material for patterns. It’s so easy to pin/fix to the body and see where the problems may lie before cutting the fabric. In my case I always see the flat fabric, think I couldn’t possibly be that big, try it against me and get quite a shock (don’t laugh).
The first garment didn’t work out exactly as planned. It’s amazing how a millimetre here or there can change the whole shape of a garment and how it fits on your body – adding kilos, making you look round-shouldered, ‘hiding’ a tummy and instead giving you a bigger one.
Back to the drawing board, with a long sleeved T-shirt that I love and love and love, to capture the neckline and gentle side-seaming that works for me, combined with the basic block of the Jalie pattern and I think I have it.
I’m not abnormally large, or tall or small. I have abundant curves – which I kind of like, but current fashion makes it difficult for girls like me to feel good. Sizing in the shops can vary so much that I never seem to be able to find a colour or print that I like in a flattering shape and my size all at the same time, which is why, at the earliest opportunity I will be teaching my daughter to sew (and hopefully to love it), so she will be able to gain control. The Hours (actually probably months if I’m honest) of my life that I have wasted in shops trying to find something perfect, only to exit feeling significantly less good about myself is so counter-productive. One day of industry to make a perfect block for myself was an enormously good investment.
Next on the list will be the perfect set of jeans.