I’m all about making your work wearable, I love to show off my handiwork and add to my wardrobe at the same time. At the same time, now I’ve become more experienced I can use my crafts to create items that fit me perfectly – much better than high street stores.
If you are ready to move beyond making scarves and blankets, what are the best tips for creating things that fit?
1/ CHOOSE PATTERNS FOR STYLE FIRST AND TECHNIQUE SECOND:
If you want something you will wear and wear make sure it is a style you like to wear. Look to your existing wardrobe before you make that pattern purchase. If you only ever choose cardigans with set-in sleeves normally don’t make a raglan jumper no matter how much you want to knit that lace panel in it.
2/ ASK SOMEONE TO MEASURE YOU PROPERLY:
There is a whopping TWO INCH (5cm) difference between the measurement I get when I measure my own bust and the measurement when someone else gets the tape measure to it. Ask a friend for help (if you have any that do dress making then nab them!) Its impossible to choose the right size to make if you don’t know what size you are. That means having a good set of measurements for bust, waist, hip and upper arm at least. No rounding down for vanity or breathing in!
3/ UNDERSTAND EASE:
Once you have good measurements you can’t just pick the closest size. You need to add the ease. Often the pattern will suggest the amount of ease to add (or deduct for very fitted sweaters.) If you need to know more about ease check out this post I wrote a while ago.
There is no point measuring yourself carefully if you knit or crochet blind. Do that tension swatch! For more information about swatching read this post here.
At the weekend I taught a class at The Sheep Shop in Cambridge called “Made to Measure” which covers all this in much more depth and much more besides. It was great fun as well as imparting a lot of information and all the attendees said they went away feeling confident to start making garments that fit. If you’d like to be popped on the waiting list at the Sheep Shop to be notified about the next class then drop Sarah a line.
If you are an LYS and you’d like me to teach this class then get in touch.