Many of us start making our own clothes with the dream of creating the perfect wardrobe. Full of pretty, perfectly fitting clothes. But I’m beginning to wonder if some of the effort we put into achieving the perfect fit is worth it?
What I mean is, if I go shopping to buy a shirt, of course I try and find one that fits well, but if it doesn’t fall perfectly over my sway back and pulls a little over my sad rolled in shoulders, I don’t really notice. So why do I go to the trouble of making many muslins for a shirt to make sure these little imperfections are nowhere to be seen?
I think getting the perfect fit on something like your wedding dress makes perfect sense. You want it to fit you perfectly on that day. But for clothes you intend to wear for a whole season, or more than one season, I’m not sure it’s so important. I have many items in my wardrobe that I’ve owned for years and my shape and weight have definitely changed in that time.
(Photo taken by our incredible wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis for xsight photography)
My wedding dress is still in my wardrobe. Nine years on, I’m doubt it would fit, but I’m still totally in love with it.
Last year I made the Colette Sorbetto and went through 3 muslins to get the fit right. The pattern is relatively easy, so making the muslins didn’t involve a lot of time. But since then, I’ve stopped breastfeeding and lost a bit of weight and a lot of boob so the tops don’t fit me as perfectly as they did then. I’m hoping to make a couple more Sorbettos for summer, but will need to start from scratch to get a new correct fit.
Sewing with knits does make this some what easier, as the stretch is more forgiving. I have a pattern I drafted for my ‘perfect tee’ and it’s pretty good. It fits me perfectly through the waist and the hips, but I’ve recently noticed the shoulders sit a little funny. I can’t decide whether to start tinkering with the pattern or just leave it be. Does anyone but me even notice the perky little shoulders?
I’d love to know what you think. Is being your own seamstress a blessing or a curse?