Busy day! Sandra brought in lots of garments, various renditions of some of her patterns for us to see how we might improvise with fabrics and details:
Paul Gallo, a talented pattern maker and fabric draper arrived mid-morning to help with fit.
He showed us a couple of different ways of getting rid of the excess fabric under the bum:
He showed us how to fit and shape a sleeve:
He measured several women and draped and fitted them for custom dress and blouse patterns.
He helped me with the fit of my pants by removing the excess under the bum with a large ‘fish’ dart which he suggested I turn into a princess seam. I drafted the changes to the back of the pants and quickly assembled a muslin to which he suggested further refinements. I redrafted the back pattern and cut a second muslin which I will stitch up tomorrow morning.
This evening I figured out a way to make the pink jeans work. I now have the fronts done and the backs with a dart down the middle of the back (I fit the dart into a faux seam because I had no pink fabric to redo the back from two pieces). I’ll put front and backs together tomorrow as well – at least that’s my intention!
By evening we were all weary – sewing is strenuous!