I know it is the beginning of the summer, but I had to share this one before next fall. I originally finished this in January and I am just getting around to posting now. This project is not refashioned. I did make it from a purchased pattern and fabric, but rest assured they were both at Thrifty Chick prices! Keep reading as I share my tips for sewing professionally with a purchased pattern…
Here is the comfy and casual finished product. It is perfect for SoCal winters.
When you use a purchased pattern, TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS! If I purchase garments in the store, I can be anywhere from a size 8 to a size 12. It all depends on the manufacturer. Patterns are no different. With Simplicity patterns, I am a size 14 and I still had to make changes and add to the waist and hips. Now I have never been a size 14, but there is no such thing as standard sizing anywhere!
Do everything you can to match patterns in the center front, center back, and sides. This can really take thought and planning, but it makes all of the difference in the world. Matching stripes and patterns are a sure sign of a quality garment.
Finish the inside seam allowances. This pattern did not show how to do this, but I finished all inside seams with bias binding. It looks more finished and professional while preventing your seams from shredding.
Add topstitching! Once again, some patterns won’t tell you to do this. I added topstitch around the armholes, neck and center front, hem and center back seams. It adds so much structure and polish to your finished product. It also helps your garment hold up longer and look more crisp and finished on the body.