Two patterns this week! This wasn’t a terribly hard pattern to make because I could go from cutting the fabric for a test pattern to finished piece in 15 minutes or less, which is nice. Sewing a test pattern for something with gathering and asymmetric seams, ugh, hours wasted just to see what I need to tweak. But 15 minutes? I barely care if I haven’t gotten it right yet!
I often refer to ‘fabric physics’ and how things change subtly from one size to the next. For example, the PS size pattern triangle top didn’t need darts to fit. At just 1″ taller, the M girl size does! Even between the regular M pattern and the curvy edition, there were some things that were very close to not working, like non-stretch panties. When I get to a 1/4 scale version of this pattern, things are going to start looking a LOT different. Why is this?
Simple trick: Take a piece of paper and put it over something curved. To keep the paper smooth over the curve, folds will have to be made in the paper (like darts in fabric). Now the interesting thing is, the darts don’t start to form at the top of the curve. There’s an area where the flat, non-stretchy paper can fit over a curve just fine–but it’s not a very big area. This is why tiny dolls like MH that have a butt less than an inch wide can wear non-stretch fabric as panties just fine when people definitely cannot. That’s fabric physics. At different sizes, the same materials behave differently, so the design has to be adjusted.