Tuesdays with Gertie: Starting on the Starlet Suit
This year I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make her Starlet Suit. This post marks the beginning of the saga.
I’m now moving on to Gertie’s second Craftsy course without missing a beat. I thought about resting a week after completing the bombshell dress, but I like having a weekly mini-goal to accomplish for these classes. I’m one of those people who loved school, and it’s been fun to have “homework” each week.
My goal for this week was to get the pattern pieces ready for the Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket course. I accomplished my mission, but not in the hour I anticipated. Between the jacket and the skirt there are a lot of pattern pieces. Instead of just going ahead and cutting my size, I cut around all of the sizes for each. I want to have all of my options available these next few weeks when I’m testing fit. I’m hoping fit will be as simple as grading between sizes as necessary. We shall see…
One note for those of you who’ve signed up for this class but have yet to start, I found three pattern pieces that were mislabeled in size. The jacket side front (pattern piece 2), the jacket front lining (pattern piece 15), and the skirt side front (also pattern piece 2) are all marked with the smallest size as the largest and on from there. If I’d been simply cutting out my size willy nilly, I might not have noticed until it was too late, which would have been a drag because the whole process had already taken up so much paper, tape, and time as is. Keep an eye out, kids.
Next week I hope to have the muslin pieces cut out, thread traced, and hopefully stitched together. Then, it’s on to fitting. Has anyone else already gone through this class? Any tips about fitting that would be helpful to know before I cut my muslin?