- Stage 1 - Serious Over Thought (I think this is the way, but maybe there's a better way);
- Stage 2 - You be come indecisiveness; (should I do it this way, or should I do it that way);
- Stage 3 - You lose whatever confidence you started out with (but what if...); and lastly
- Stage 4 - You enter into "Total Sewing Paralysis" (where you can't even move or start the project, and might even start to cry)....
When I chose this pattern I was so sure that I could do this, but when it came down to starting the project I began to doubt myself. I started to take a picture of the pattern pieces and email it to my secret sewing mentors to beg for advice. But I was able to talk myself out of calling in the allies, and pulled up my big girl panties and worked it out myself. Oh, it wasn't because I didn't think they'd help me out, because they always come to my rescue! I just decided not to remove my crutches, and stand on my own with this project.
In grading the two pattern pieces up 3 sizes, I need to add 10 1/2" to the waist and 5" to the hip area of the pattern. My problem was in trying to decide whether to divide by four and add the results to the side seam allowance; or to divide by two and add the results to the center front and back of the pattern. I thought about Nancy Zieman's "PIVOT AND SLIDE" method or her "SLASH AND SPREAD" method. With all of my reference books still packed up, I decided to wing it and go with the slash and spread option.