One of my favorite classes from conference was titled Working with Your Pattterns for Fit and Creativity, taught by Susan Lazear, a teacher in the fashion program at Mesa College in San Diego.Â Contrary to many sewing instructors, Susan is not keen on using fitting muslins. Her approach is to measure clothing that you already have in your closet to learn the garment measurements you prefer, and then to use that information to modify commercial patterns.
For example, if you have a v-neck Â t-shirt that you really like, measure both theÂ length and width of the neck opening. Use those numbers to help you tweak the fitÂ on all shirts and dress patterns calling for a v-neck.
What a great idea! Simple, achievable, and a real time-saver (by eliminating making a test muslin). The only issue I can really forsee isÂ if you do not haveÂ many clothes in your closet with a fitÂ or proportion that you really like, which would be a bummer all around. 🙂
Susan also developed a software program named Garment Designer by Cochenille Design StudioÂ to help sewists with fitting problems. I have not used this software program, tho I have to admit it looked rather intriguing. TheÂ main reason IÂ have balked at all of the pattern-making software programs is the Scoth tape issue. The thought of taping upÂ a million or so sheets of 8.5×11 inch paper and driving to the store every weekÂ for a new ink supply has no appeal.Â None whatsoever. Simply BOR-ring!Â Â ButÂ Garment Designer caught myÂ eye, so I may have to investigate this one a bit.
What are your thoughts? Do you use any pattern-making software? What do you like and what do you dislike?