This bite will be about fit. When spring starts threatening to appear, I tend to get frustrated about the way clothes fit. I suspect it has a lot to do with shedding winter layers and the fact that warm weather clothes really show the lack of fit in garment lines. This year I decided to be pro-active and signed up to take a sloper class at Haberman's. So every Monday morning for the past 3 weeks, and the coming 5 weeks, I drive over to Royal Oak and spend 3 hours with 8 other classmates working on my sloper.
It has been a very enlightening experience. For years I've been unhappy with the way most commercial jackets fit me. The front looks fine, but when I look at the back in the mirror there are these folds of fabric hanging down from my shoulder blades. The commercial jackets that fit me best have princess seams plus waistline darts in the back. I always thought it was because I have broad shoulders.....NOT! It turns out that I have a narrow back. Who knew?! I'd never even heard that someone could have a narrow back until last week. This week Gwen, the instructor, helped me take out the 1 5/8" from the back bodice (multiply that by 2 for what had to come out of the whole back!)
So this is my chopped up back pattern. Gwen tells me that we will have to work out the back armhole in the muslin. Stay tuned.
My long term objective is to weave yardage and make some vests and jackets that fit well. (You'll have to stay tuned even longer for that!)
Who knows when the "narrow back" situation has presented itself. I suspect that it has something to do with years of yoga ("slide your shoulder blades down your back and lift your chest"...an oft heard yoga cue) All of the other pattern alterations I can attribute to time....and gravity. But the fact that so many of our clothes are knits certainly make it possible to ignore the problem. Even so knits look better if they fit well too, hence this new addition (edition?) to my library:
Armed with my new information about my fit issues, a sloper pattern, and the information from Sally's book I should be able to create a new wardrobe for the top half of myself!
I'm not making any commitments to take the pants fitting class......yet. (I'm pretty sure that the narrow back issue does not extend below the waist...ahem.)