Like me, you probably already have several camisole designs tucked in your pattern stash. It's not hard to be drawn to the word FREE, now is it? I have a container full of camisoles on a shelf in my closet. I often look for a particular color to wear with my cardigans, but so many colors are missing. I need a rainbow of colors in that container.
Whether I choose a big 4 or an Indie pattern, it's very rare that I can make a pattern straight out of the envelope. I finally came to realize that these companies don't just sit around and make patterns to fit MY body per se. There are going to be some fit issues, even with a simple cami. Today I wanted to make a muslin but my first issue was choosing a fabric. So I turned to my stash. Do you remember seeing this JoAnn's fabric.
|April Johnson (Project Runway Season 8 and PR All Stars Season 1) designed Jersey knit|
What I did this time:
- cut size 14 through the arms and chest area, tapering to size 16 in the side seams
- Center front and center back (both cut on the fold) decreased at center neckline 1/2 inch because I often have problems with patterns being too large in that area
- used 10" strap measurement rather than 11 1/16" suggested by the pattern
- added 2" to the length of the pattern
- used foldover elastic for bindings and straps rather than self fabric
. cut size 12 through the arms and chest area, and taper to size 14 in the side seams
. decrease front and back at center neckline one full inch
. use 9" strap measurement
. not lengthen the pattern at all
Honestly, I always been scared to try patterns with a continuous arm/strap binding. Never thought I'd be able to get that technique quite right. It's not that hard after all. I'd never used FOE, although I've had some in my stash for a long time, didn't know how to use it. Thanks to You Tube, now I know.
So all in all, my resulting cami is a little too large in the side seams, and a little droopy at center front and back. But I've taken in the straps one full inch, and this cami will work just fine as a PJ top. There will be other colorful Sammy Cami's in my container...