The next few months I’m sewing along with Lynda Maynard. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to learn how to fit using Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit class on Craftsy. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
In this week’s lesson, Lynda walked us through how to think about the fit of our muslin. She’d put the one she made on a test model who looked like a normal person who wouldn’t need much fitting. But, you could tell that the garment just wasn’t quite right. Lynda explained, in what I found to be a clear and easy to understand way, what changes could be made to improve the fit. And, by fit, she really focused on comfort and wearability. Even her normal looking fit model needed quite a few adjustments to get a well fitted garment.
Now, I’d planned to show you the muslin on me today. It is pressed and ready to try on. In fact, I did try it on, both last week and this week, and… Well… I had to finally admit to myself just how much my body is changing right now. The good news is that it’s changing because I’m pregnant. The bad news is that it’s changing faster than I expected. For some reason I imagined I’d have a couple more months before things started growing. I remember friends of mine not showing until they were over half way through their first pregnancy! This pregnancy is actually my third this year – the previous two ended in miscarriages – so I had also wondered if this one would even stick. (And, it still might not, but it’s holding out for now.) I wanted so desperately to take this class, and I thought I could squeeze it in. I figured now was my last chance for awhile. But, it seems I am already too late. And, while I’m sad about the class, I’m also very, very happy to finally be pregnant enough that my body is having to change. And, the very, very happy wins out, to be honest.
I’m meeting up with some of the lovely Seattle fitting enthusiasts that are also all taking this class this weekend. I may try to go through the fitting process anyway even though the fitted muslin will likely not fit shortly thereafter, or I may write about my fitting partners’ experiences – if they’re willing, of course. And, even if neither of those plans work out, I’ll still continue to review the class since it will always be beneficial to my sewing, even if my body might be changing too rapidly to be properly fit right now.
As a reminder, I received this class for free from Craftsy in return for an honest review. If you’re interested in taking this class yourself, follow this link for 40% off Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit.