I Picked Up My Bodice Sloper Pattern This Afternoon

I did it1I picked up my bodice pattern today. It is very detailed. When I look at the pattern I can see all the areas that I have so much trouble with and how she created the pattern to address them. And it’s all done with MY measurements.

I plan to sew the up the bodice sloper this weekend — unless my bicycle gets lonely and must be ridden. I will post the sewn sloper when I am done! I am pretty excited to see how it works out! Then I go for my first bodice fitting.  She will make adjustments and I will sew the bodice again, and go for a second fitting.  Hopefully that will be it, but I can always go for more fittings.

The fee I paid for this adventure is well worth it. The fee includes

  • Designing and creating bodice sloper pattern
  • Fitting the bodice pattern to me as many times as I need. (I hope not too many, it’s a congested traffic ride to her house.)
  • Instructions how to use the sloper on commercial patterns.
  •  All of the above minus my frustration with getting the bodice on a commercial pattern to fit correctly.



S R Harris — What a Place!

After taking care of my grandson today I stopped at “S R HAR IS, INC” on my way home. The third “R” is missing on their sign on the outside of the building. Fortunately (hmm or unfortunately) I went into the correct building . . . like I don’t know what building “S R Harris” is in.


This place overwhelms me, but I found some denim. I bought 2 yards. It is 54″ wide. Of course the bolt just had to be on the bottom of the pile. Ugh. I couldn’t find anyone to help me get it out of the pile of bolts so I had to remove 9 bolts before I could get to it. It wasn’t the denim I would have bought from fabric.com, but I decided it would work for me — especially at that price! I am making my grandson some coveralls and me an apron.

I also bought 1-1/2 yards of some kind of drapey fabric for a blouse muslin. This bolt was only two bolts down! YAY!!

My total bill . . . a whopping . . . $16.73.

You can’t really go to “S R Harris” and only spend an hour and a half. You need a lot more time than that. Of course, that time constraint probably limited my spending.

It’s frustrating for me . . . Joann’s and S R Harris are right on my way from my daughter’s. So every Tuesday after I take care of my grandson, I have to deal with this awful resistance to stop at those stores! 

Ten Good Reasons to Buy Fabric

Ten Good Reasons to Buy Fabric

1. It insulates the cupboard(s) where it is kept

2. It keeps the economy moving. It is my duty to support cotton farmers, textile mills, and fabric shops.

3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.

4. I’m participating in a contest – the one who dies with the most fabric wins.

5. It keeps without refrigeration, you don’t have to cook it to enjoy it, you’ll never have to feed it, change it, wipe its nose or walk it.

6. Because I am worth it.

7. Like dust, it’s good for protecting previously empty spaces in the house. Like the ironing board, the laundry basked and the dining room table.

8. It’s not immoral, illegal or fattening. It calms the nerves, gratifies the soul, and makes me feel good.

9. Because it is on sale

10. Buy it now, before your husband retires and goes with you on all your shopping expeditions.

I Finally Decided to Have a Professional Seamstress Create a Bodice Sloper for Me!!!!

I have been unsuccessful in creating my own bodice sloper. I just don’t know how to do it!  So . . .

doneAfter getting frustrated making numerous muslins for the same pattern, I decided to have a professional seamstress create a bodice sloper for me.  The sloper for the bodice,  will include the front, back and sleeve, it can end at the waist or at the hip.

The professional seamstress will also teach me how to use the sloper on commercial patterns. I can’t wait to have her help me.

This session is very expensive so I hope it will be money well spent

My appointment is on Wednesday, unless I get my taxes done this weekend and I can go on Monday.

Hopefully after the session, I will only need to make one muslin or two muslins instead of up to seven muslins to adjust for fit before I cut into my fashion fabric. I haven’t cut into ANY of my fashion fabric since I returned to sewing. Anything I made used my estate sale stash.

Wish me luck. I will let you know how it goes.

I have put all my sewing hold, except for the skirt I’ve almost finished, until I have my new sloper!


Please don’t suggest Craftsy classes; I am not impressed with them. I also find the Craftsy Classes not worth the money I spent on them because it seems my issues were never addressed and I don’t have a fitting buddy.  When I asked questions I never understood the answers.