How to Fit Before You Sew - Featuring McCall's 6083


When do you feel most inspired to sew?

For me, the motivation is usually sparked by a change in seasons, a special occasion, an unsuccessful shopping experience or travel plans. I recently had a burst of sewing inspired by summer travel plans so I wanted to share what I made and give you a little “behind the scenes” view of the pattern work that allowed me to skip the sample and cut into the fashion fabric with confidence.

I was sure I was going to skip the jumpsuit trend this time around, but I found this pattern in my collection and it seemed the perfect piece to take on a summer vacation as well as an elevated way to stay comfortable throughout the entire summer. As an added bonus I already had the fabric and notions on hand.

Unfortunately this pattern is out of print, but I have no doubt you'll find a similar one if you're so inclined. Watch the video for a closer look at the pattern and a summary of how I altered the pattern to fit me without needing to sew a sample.

I encourage you not to skip through any of this video. In fact you may want to go back and review it again, I shared some really valuable tips on fitting a pant pattern. Trust me there are golden nuggets in the process I shared.

Here’s a look at the final results.


Links to Resources Mentioned in the Video

How to Add a Size to a Sewing Pattern

How to Prepare a Pattern for Fitting Part I

How to Prepare a Pattern for Fitting Part II

Fitting Pants: How to Find the Balance Lines on a Pant Pattern

How to Find the Balance Lines on the Jenny Tee

How to Find the Bust, Waist and Hip on a Sewing Pattern

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Next week, I'll be sharing how I took this pattern and created the most comfortable pair of wide leg pants. I hope you'll tune in.

All My Best,