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Wednesdays with Lynda: Truing the Pattern

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. This post marks my completion of the class.

Sew Well - Review of Sew the Perfect Fit Class

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached the last lesson in Lynda Maynard’s Sew the Perfect Fit Craftsy class.  We’ve fit our muslins, and we’re now ready to double check our work and true the pattern.

To begin the class, Lynda has invited back her fit models, and they’re each wearing their basted-together muslins.  Lynda focuses on the overall hang of the garment as well as the placement of the darts and seams.  She also double checks the fit one more time.  You might think that the fit should be perfect now, but she reminds us that fitting is an iterative process.  In fact, she reminds us that we’ll likely have to tweak the muslin we make based off these pattern changes as well!

The bulk of the rest of the class is focused on correcting the pattern.  While truing the pattern, she walks many of the seams, starting at the armhole and the armscye (I will also admit to learning here that armhole describes the sleeve seam on the bodice, armscye describes the curved seam on the sleeve – up to this point I thought those terms were interchangeable!).  She uses multiple plastic rulers to do her walking, but I’m excited to try out the process with my new measuring wheel from SA Curve Ruler (watch this space for a thorough review of my efforts!).  Lynda also covers the typical ease she likes in a sleeve for a garment like this one.  Next it’s on to the rest of the garment, and more seam walking!

Finally, Lynda puts one of the fit models into her second muslin (screen shot above).  She points out all the good changes that were made, but she also catches a few new places where the fit still needs to be modified.  The new changes are fairly minor though, which is reassuring that though this process might be iterative, each round of fitting should get faster.

And, that’s it!  I wish I had a new muslin to show off from all of my efforts reviewing this course, but I will admit that I’m actually looking forward to rewatching all of these videos again later (once my body reaches a steady state again).  After watching all of these videos at least once this summer (many lessons were watched two or three times!), I’m fairly confident that these lessons will be second nature by the time I watch them once more through.  And, having the confidence to fit myself and others is huge for my sewing.  I can’t wait to tackle some in-depth woven garments next year.  But, for now, I think you’ll be seeing a lot of lycra here as I figure out what it means to sew maternity wear!

P.S.  Missy of Missy’s Craft Journal, one of my Seattle fitting friends, just finished a gorgeous dress with the help of this class.  Check out her new dress here!

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.

17 thoughts on “Wednesdays with Lynda: Truing the Pattern

  1. Congratulations of completing the class. You go girl! I remember when I finished drafting my sloper – it was such a great feeling. I’m constantly fine tuning the fit with each design I make from it.

  2. I’ve started two more muslins for two more projects, each with their own challenges: one has a high waist, so the waist length change will need to happen on the skirt portion of the dress, and the other one is the Elizabeth gathered-waist dress from Burda’s Sew Vintage Modern dress, but the skirt for my size is like 98″ around, so I might just cut the skirt from 44″ muslin and see how a 10″ less in width skirt looks (at that point, I don’t think it should be a big difference 😛 ) Also, since my jeans are fitting oddly at the moment, I’m thinking of seeing how I can apply these same principles to fitting a new pair of jeans 🙂 Thanks for the link! 😀

    1. Very cool! There are also a lot of good jeans fitting tips in Kenneth King’s Jean-ius class… if you’re looking for another Craftsy class to take. I think the 40% off link might still work??

      1. There’s also Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting class on Craftsy, but there’s so much information in that one that it’s almost hard to keep up!

  3. Thanks for this review. I love Craftsy classes and this one is on my wish list. I don’t think I will enroll now – I have enrolled to so many that I have to finish watching them first. The majoriy of Craftsy classes are for beginners and it is not what I really need – still I pick up handy tips – it is not a waste time at all.
    And the buty of Craftsy is that we can watch it over and over again 🙂

    1. I know. I’m a bit of a class collector, too. That’s why I force myself to get through the lessons. If I didn’t set myself a goal of around one lesson a week, I’d never even start!

  4. Congrats on finishing the class! Sounds like it’s well worth the time. I have other Craftsy classes that I still haven’t watched so like Red Point Tailor, I’m waiting until I add any more. 😉 Thanks for writing about your experience with this class!

    1. Yeah, as I said above, it’s hard to stop collecting these classes, and they do start to add up if you don’t actually make yourself go through them. Hopefully you and Red Point Tailor will finish some of the ones that you’ve already signed up for!

  5. Is seamster the gender-neutral term? It makes me think of Teamster – I picture big hairy guys with large tattoos wearing cutoff jean shirts. Nothing wrong with that.

    1. Sewer. Sewist. Seamstress. Seamster? I don’t remember why I started using the term for these intros, other than thinking it sounded cool. I do like thinking about Teamsters in front of their sewing machines!

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