Learning how to fit takes time
It’s tempting to go for the pattern labeled “fast sew” to be done in the shortest time possible. Just make your garment directly out of the envelope and skip checking the fit before sewing. That’s the easiest way to go.
But just as it’s imperative to plan how you want your finished garment to look, making time to fit your garment will save you agony in the long run. Especially if you’re aiming for a great result.
For one, it’s more likely that you’ll end up with something you enjoy wearing. But also, the time you put into styling your creation is worthwhile. And, it can have a positive impact on your body physically too. Tight waistbands and chafing seams have never been good for anyone. Let me tell you about the unexpected side effects of wearing clothes that fit.
So, is it worth the effort?
My absolute answer to that question is, YES! (and you can quote me on that.)
Before I started sewing, I used to think it was normal to constantly have to pull my clothes to make them sit like they were supposed to, whether it was a pair of creeping jeans, a shirt with gaping button band or a top with a choking neckline.
After sewing for a while, I not only quit shopping Ready-To-Wear clothing but I also realized that the longer time I spent preparing, especially the fit, the more I love wearing the garments I make.
It does take some time to get the logic of fitting, yes, but it’s a real investment. Truth be told, after learning how to fit, I have clothes in my wardrobe that I’ve worn regularly for years, and they’re not being discarded anytime soon! (Fashion police alert, anyone?)
A reason to learn
This may seem obvious, but it’s worth emphasizing; Not two bodies are alike, not even identical twins are exactly symmetrical. Looking at any given size chart, you realize that the few sizes based on average measurements on there, hardly represents every variation, size, and shape of every single person.
In fact, size charts only match a fraction of the population. The rest of us have to conform to clothes that are more or less ill-fitting. At least if we chose to shop our clothes in stores.
It’s easy to resign and just accept that this is the way it’s supposed to be.
But the good news
You don’t have to buy into the fast fashion unrealistic sizing.
By sewing your own clothes, you have the chance to look awesome and wear clothes that fit your body perfectly. Wearing clothes that fit feels like wearing a second skin, you don’t even notice them. At all.
It’s not only incredibly comfortable but also make you feel confident and beautiful, a feeling that everybody i.e. every body, deserves.
The liberating feeling of clothes that truly fit enables you to develop a style that reflects who you are, independent of any norms or silent laws.
And the bonus effects
So, by putting all of this time into making your clothes fit, what do you get out of it (more than pure fabulousness itself)? Well, here’s what I’ve noticed:
A better posture
Standing straighter increases the blood flow and allows you to take deeper breaths. This releases serotonin in your brain that is the body’s natural antidepressant.
Decreased muscle tension makes you less prone to get a headache or back pain and makes it easier to move around. Movement triggers endorphins, also known as the body’s happiness hormones.
Expands oxygenating in your veins which increases dopamine, another natural hormone which lower stress levels, reduce fatigue and can increase your ability to concentrate.
All of the above makes it easier to change focus from self-consciousness to projecting your attention outwards and onto others in a positive way which makes it easier to smile more often.
Smiling triggers happy endorphins and starts a positive circle. Smile at someone and they will smile back at you, and the chemical process in your brain starts all over again.
This is probably not the first thing on your mind when you’re beginning to figure out how to make your clothes fit. But, it’s definitely a good enough reason to start learning.
I’ve created a guide to help you on your way to the perfect fit. It guides you how to take your measurements and note them down to have nearby the next time you fit a pattern.
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This is the last of a 4-part series about fit that covers the basics about fitting the clothes you sew and some different aspects, I hope you’ve found it inspiring. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can read more in the related posts:
- Where to start when you’re just learning how to fit
- How you recognize the characteristics of a good fit
- Quick tips on 10 of the most visible places to spot fit issues to focus on if you want a perfect fit
- Why you should even care about making your garment fit in the first place (this post)
What are your best tips and fitting advice for someone that’s totally new to the concept of fitting? And if you’re a newbie, what do you want to ask about?