It often appears in comments like these:
“Oh, I only sew for my kids.”
“I wouldn’t know where to start.”
“I’m too fat for that.”
“That silhouette would be terrible on my body.”
“My breasts would never fit in that dress.”
Here’s the thing: your body is not the problem. Yes, it may not be your ideal body, but it is yours. For that reason alone, it deserves to feel good in its clothes. You deserve to walk around in the world confident and comfortable.
Because you matter.
You matter because you’re here.
You’re entitled to a space in the world. It’s your birthright.
So, now that we’re clear on that, here’s one more thing and the point of this post: pattern adjustments aren’t as hard as you might think. There’s an order and a learning curve, but you can do it. I know you can.
Because I learned to do it. And as my body has changed, I’ve continued to learn new adjustments.
Your body is more than the sum of its imperfect parts. The only thing that stands in your way is a choice and some practice.
So, I’m going to start a series on pattern adjustments. If you want to jump ahead, there are lots of resources online.
For my fellow overachievers, here are a few pointers to get you going:
1. Mark the seam allowance. All of your adjustments will happen inside of the seam allowance. You can also cut it off and add it back later, if that’s easier.
2. Adjustments should happen in order. Length first, then width. If you need multiple adjustments, start from the top and work down, making one adjustment at a time.
3. Get comfortable with your measurements. This is imperative: they’re just numbers. They say absolutely nothing about your value as a person. Promise.