This is Betty. I drew her to include in the instruction booklets for my PDF patterns to help people in taking their own measurements and because I think illustrations make everything more fun! Learning how to take your measurements accurately is an important part of making your own clothes. The horizontal lines across Betty’s figure indicate the three most crucial measurements in dressmaking: the bust, waist and hips. These measurements should be taken around the circumference of the body using a measuring tape.
You may have noticed that I have just added a Sizing page to this blog (see the tab up the top?). It includes a sizing chart of the sizes used in my PDF patterns (each pattern includes all sizes) and some helpful tips for taking your own measurements. Always take your measurements accurately, and try not worry if they are bigger or smaller than you thought (or hoped) they would be. One of the great things about making your own clothes is that your finished garment won’t have any pesky size tags! I understand that we all come in different shapes and sizes and every body is different. Making your own clothes allows you to alter patterns and fit your garments to suit your own unique body shape. Initially playing around with patterns and fitting clothes might be a bit intimidating, but as you learn more about it, your confidence will grow, you’ll get better at it and it might help you to develop a more thorough understanding of your body shape and what styles work best for you. I’m planning on writing a guide to dressmaking soon with helpful tips to help you achieve the best possible results from your home sewing. Stay tuned!
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