We absolutely love supporting people on their sewing journeys and we also really love when people let us know what they’d like help with! We had an awesome sewer ask a question in the comments section of the blog a little while ago about how to do a broad back adjustment for their Matilda dress and we thought we’d whip up a little tutorial to help them & any other sewers who might need this adjustment! [Read more…]
Matilda is such a gorgeous dress, but sometimes when you’re standing in front of your wardrobe figuring out what to wear, you’re just not in a dress mood! So today we are going to cover an awesome hack for making Matilda as a top & skirt matching set – that way you can mix & match to your heart’s content and have a Matilda outfit for every occasion!
As Meg said in her announcement post, a sleeved version of Matilda has been the most requested pattern addition ever and we are so excited to be able to finally give the people want they want! Matilda & Matilda Curve‘s sleeve is inset and a nice medium length with a gorgeous deep hem that you can fold up into a cuff if you wish. In today’s post we are going through the construction of the sleeves for those of you who have chosen the new variation and are looking for a little extra support. Let’s get started!
In today’s post we are delving into the world of lengthening & shortening adjustments because guess what – bodies can come in different proportions as well as different sizes! Meaning that while someone’s measurements might fit a specific size, the different lengths and shape of their body parts can still be different to the block a pattern is drafted on.
We’ve shown the diagrams for these adjustments on the Matilda Curve pattern pieces as the bust shaping on the pattern pieces is more pronounced, but the exact same alterations can be made on the 0-20 version of Matilda as well. For the same adjustments on the 0-20 pattern, you likely won’t have to be as specific about the placement of your lengthen and shorten lines as the the 0-20 bust shaping is less significant than the Curve, so the risk of distorting the bust curve is a lot lower. Apart from that though, we’re all in the same boat, so let’s get started!
We’re pretty excited here in the Megan Nielsen Studio about having Matilda in our full 0-20 and 14-34 size ranges and we hope you are as well! If you’re like me though and your measurements don’t fall into one straight size, Matilda can be a bit of an intimidating one when it comes to grading between sizes. We’ve shown today’s adjustments on the Curve pattern because grading around the more significant bust shaping of Matilda Curve seem a little scarier, but the exact same alterations can be applied to the 0-20 pattern.
Matilda does have quite a few pattern pieces which is why it might seem formidable, but while having more seams to grade might just sound like more work, it also means that we get to grade more evenly throughout the garment! We can add or take away a little bit from lots of places, instead of big amounts just from the side seams – so it’s easier to keep things in proportion, with smoother transitions between sizes and it also gives us the opportunity to really personalise the fit.
If having an awesomely fitting garment sounds like something you’d love, let’s get started!