I’m going through some stuff from Peggy Sagers and found this great quote:
There’s no such thing as a perfect commercial pattern.
I love this. Cause once you realize this, all the pressure disappears.
Here’s the deal. A lot of these patterns are strictly meant to be a starting place. The real facts are that, like RTW, clothing can not be made to fit every body out there.
And to try for something like that is just not going to work. RTW is really in a bind, cause aside from some minor alterations, there’s really nothing they can do to fit even some of the bodies – so they take a different path.
Commercial patterns have more of a competitive edge here, cause the purchaser can then take them home and alter the garment before they
even cut it out.
Still, it’s not fair to say that you should be able to fit yourself straight out of the pattern envelope. This just sets yourself up for failure before you even start. What you should say, is that this is a place to start. Granted, it is way further down the road than if you were to have to draft up your own pattern from a sketch or an idea in your head, but it’s still just a starting place. Thinking that a commercial pattern is more than what it should be, is like expecting the steak to cook itself once you bring it home from the store! It just ain’t gerna happen, no matter how much you look at the steak and tell it to cook itself, and no matter how often you keep trying to make the steak cook itself!
Realizing that the pattern is intentionally not perfect, should make you feel a whole lot better, and take a lot of pressure off you. Now, you know that the pattern designers, created the pattern knowing that the sewist would be making the final touches to the pattern to make it work just right for the individual sewing the pattern up.
There are companies that fit differently – not perfectly, no one does that – and that can make a impact on which pattern you buy and from what company. It’s comforting to know that if you don’t fit to a pattern right out of the envelope that nothing is wrong with you. That’s the way the patterns were designed and that’s the way they are supposed to be. So open up that pattern and take the short cuts for what they are designed for and enjoy the head start that a pattern will give you. It won’t take you totally where you need to go, but most of the time it will take you 80% of where you want to go. It’s better than having to draft from scratch!!!
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