Fitting Fraternity- and other sewing

Do you want to work out which size pattern is best for you? Do you have problems fitting the clothes that you make? Do you want to investigate what you can do to improve the fit? Do you find it hard to pin the adjustments to your dress, put up the hem etc because you do not have 2 pairs of hands, and eyes in the back of your head?
The main purpose of this meetup is to see if members do have this problem and what sort of help they would like. Should we consider having a "duct-tape dummy making " session, a session on taking each others accurate measurements or on general fitting problems? Could we form a "Buddy" group where individual members could say" Help- I need someone to give me a hand taking in the back darts on a dress" and see if there is another member who could give them a hand at a mutually agreed time? These are all just ideas for discussion- and any other ideas are most welcome. I'll also bring along some simple multi-sized patterns that people may want to look at. Please ask any questions in the comments section
I'll be at this venue from 6 pm. If you don't know it there is self service food and drinks if you are coming straight from work. I love it because the food is cheap, tasty and you can have as much or as little as you like with the plus that it is hidden away in a street that looks like the entrance to a garden. Here's the web-site.
http://www.tasrestaurants.co.uk/evdeli.html

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  • Giselle

    What a brilliant evening! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and can't wait for the next one. I feel very inspired to finally start that little A-line skirt that I keep talking about! I will have to have something to bring along at the next meeting after all! Can't wait!

    June 18, 2013

  • dona

    First time...delightful and inspiring group of ladies will endeavour to make good my expressed intentions ladies !!

    June 18, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    What a lot of chat and idea swapping! We all confessed to unfinished or not yet started projects and needing some impetus, input or inspiration to get us on track to the finished article. I mentioned a wonderful place for trimmings but couldn't remember name- it is Barnett Lawson, 16 Little Portland St, W1W 8NE http://www.bltrimmings.com/defa...­
    I am going to start an unfinished project Section in "Discussions" . Anyone want to start some other discussion? Wish I was here on 26 June to go to RFH meetup.

    June 18, 2013

  • Kelly

    Stuck at. Work going to be a late one I hope to make next meet up sorry for last min cancel

    June 17, 2013

  • Samantha

    Oh no! I cant make it :-( im too busy. Rats i really need to make that pencil skirt :-( i should be able to come to the next one. Oh thats such a pain i was looking forward to it! Never mind, will see evryone next time.

    June 17, 2013

  • Barbara G.

    Looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it today. I will have a small notice propped up on a table saying "London Dressmaking Club Meeting" so you know which table. This place is popular with craft groups for meeting so you sometimes get more than one group sewing, knitting etc on the same evening.

    June 17, 2013

    • Giselle

      I'm bringing a sewing book along in case it's of interest re fitting and pattern drawing. Also watched a DVD yesterday that I can tell you about - about full bust adjustment: absolutely genius! I learnt so much.

      June 17, 2013

  • dona

    May not be able to make it due to work demands...but will see how it goes.

    June 16, 2013

  • Giselle

    Hi Barbara,
    I'd love to come along. The meet-up sounds exactly like the kind of sewing issues I'm interested in. Looking forward to it!

    June 5, 2013

  • Samantha

    Sound great! I have a standard size 14 pencil skirt pattern (second hand) that i'd like to bring along to talk about how it can be altered to fit a rubenesque 6 footer! And it'd be great to discuss the other ideas too, im so keen for the dummy! :-)

    June 3, 2013

    • Kelly

      To lengthen for your 6 foot lady adjust below the hip area of the pattern. You could cut the pattern in this area from seem to seem and then add in some extra pattern paper for your extra inches . I would not suggest just adding on the inches at the hem go from hip line. I will show you on the evening if you want.

      June 3, 2013

    • Samantha

      Fab! I'll bring it along thanks.

      June 3, 2013

  • Kelly

    Ps I will try to get to you for 6pm from work if not I may be like 30 mins late so about 6.30

    June 3, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hi I would really like this workshop as I am a ''slim'' but curvyish size 14- 16 (4 months pregnant at the moe!) post pregnancy up top and below give me problems with patterns and sometimes I have problems adjusting the waist/bust line on dresses from standard muliti size patterns from say new look or simplicity. I know how to grade patterns but always have to fumble around with the fitting especially if I have a zipper at the back of the dress. I also know how to make a body double dress makers manniqune from duck tape and paper masche! I made one before I saved up for my real adjustable manniague I have now and woul dbe happy to share how to do it. Here is the you tube clip i followed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    June 3, 2013

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