In fact I am so frustrated that I am forced to eat my son’s easter basket candy to alleviate some of the negative feelings I am experiencing at this moment.
So fresh off the euphoria of my recent border print dress and basking in the glow of Thor’s urbanized camp shirt, I thought I had this sewing thing in the bag! I was getting all proud of myself and a little cocky to boot.
Well folks, I have plummeted down to earth. My wax wings melted. I am confounded with this mysterious ritual of which you more experienced sewists speak of with such nonchalance and ease, PATTERN ALTERATIONS. You all bandy about terms like “lengthen the bodice”, “slash and spread”, and “FBAs” like they’re just slicing up a pie and serving it. Well, I’m here to tell you I am absolutely gob-smacked and mystified.
I have come to the reluctant conclusion that I am not “an out of the envelope” kind of gal. Not because I am being difficult and think I”m special. No, no, no! I’m just a little lumpy and when you’re lumpy like me, you need to adjust for the occasional lump. I’ve started to work out more lately, but let’s be honest here — we all know how long it takes to lose weight. I want to sew now. I want to wear clothes now. I have to figure out this whole fitting and adjusting the pattern thing. PRONTO.
I was going to cut out my good fabric tonight. But what am I doing instead? I am spending hours searching the interwebs for tutorials. Oh, I’ve found tons of tutorials, but none of them answer my specific questions. Liesl has a great one, but her tute didn’t quite address my particular problem. I asked my question on PatternReview.com and got a quick response and link to this very dress and the very change I want to make from Michelle, but of course, I still have questions. As a matter of fact, I am hoping she’ll answer my questions real soon. 😉
Ok, I just got off the phone with Thea. She talked me off the roof. Oh and Michelle replied to me again at PatternReview, so I am done ranting this evening. It’s late and I have to get to bed now. It took me 3 hours to find what I needed to know (don’t worry, I will share later), and now I have to put it aside for another evening.
Tomorrow is another day.
I bid you happy pattern alterations.