Lesson 1 - Cutting Out & Sewing Your Calico Toile/Muslin.
Your first Lesson today will be the most IMPORTANT Lesson of the SEW-A-LONG. You need to take particular care and accuracy when you are measuring yourself today as that determines a good fit for the bodice and ultimately a fantastic fitting dress at the end. And it's fine if you make more than one Calico Toile. It's better to be sure than cut into that gorgeous fabric that you've spent an arm and a leg and it's not correct.
Try not to be overwhelmed with all the info I'll be posting up about the Calico Toile and fitting. It will be new for you but I'll be taking you out of your comfort zone and that can be overwhelming but by the end of the SEW-A-LONG you will have more skills in your sewing tool kit. And that is my mission!
Ok, so let's get started!
Here's What You'll Achieve Today
How to Measure Yourself Correctly:
It's important to measure yourself correctly right from the start - when you have your correct measurements there is less room for error.
IMPORTANT - make sure you wear your best bra when you measure yourself as it does make a difference with the bra you wear. Your best bra needs to make your GIRLS sit up and look confident. As the dress at the end really features your bustline and your waist. So it is a must that you wear your bestest bra for the measuring and then wear it with the dress.
So with that in mind and to help you with your measuring I've attached a PDF on 'How to Measure Yourself' Form and Guide.
So step 1 is to measure yourself and write down those measurements on the PDF I've provided.
Deciding on What Size to Use:
Ok, now that you've done your measurements:
So, let's just say:
With the example above you would use size 8/12 for the bust and size 6/10 for the waist. In the pattern instructions (on page 9) I explain how to print out only the size you want OR you can just print out all the sizes and work from there. Either way is ok.
Then you would draw in your size D Cup line on the Side Front Bodice piece.
Below I'll show you how I picked the size for me. I'm a size 10 bust with a B cup, a size 10 waist and a size 12 hip - so I'm a lovely pear shape or I like to think I'm an hourglass shape. But if you follow what I've done below it applies to all sizes and size combinations.
If you are Multi-Sized - here's what you do
So, go ahead and work out what size/s you are and the cup size to use and print out your size/s and draw the cup size line on your Side Front Bodice piece. Make the skirt size the same as the waist size on the bodice.
Don't forget if you run into any trouble with choosing your size/s come over to the facebook page and ask away.
How to Sew Your Calico Toile for the Fitting Stage
That's it for today
Ok, that's it for today. You've done really well - celebrate with a beverage of your choice. Your Toile is now ready for the Fitting stage.
In Lesson 2 you are going to fit your Calico Toile and nut out the fitting problems you might have. This lesson in particular will help you if you take photos of your Calico Toile on you and post it in the facebook group so I can help you with any fitting issues you might be having.
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