Have you ever found an issue with a pattern? I have. Sometimes the issues are minor and sometimes they are not. How do you handle an issue? When do you usually find out there is an issue?
I learned a valuable lesson this past weekend and I'm very happy that I had not cut out the pattern in the intended fabric but in a very pink fabric (yes, it was one of those "What were you thinking?" moments when I found it). Testing a pattern with a muslin is mostly something new for me. As I have aged, there are more fitting issues that need resolution.
I was using a Silhouettes pattern and I followed the instructions for deciding on a size to the "T". So you can imagine my surprise when the jacket was skin tight. First, I was horrified with the thought had I gained that much weight since I traced out this pattern. The muslin and pattern tracings hit the trash. When I calmed down, it was decided to trace the next size up because I really want this jacket to work. The next decision was to double-check the pattern measurements. That is when I found my surprise and saw the reason that the muslin had been too small. I was using a "D" front for the sizing and when it was compared to the "B" front, it was smaller. That was when I contacted the designer to see if there was a way to resolve this issue. These patterns are expensive.
Lesson learned: Always double-check the pattern before starting.
Yes, this takes time to do but I have a feeling that it will take less time and money to double-check the pattern before starting a project. So, do you double-check the pattern? What are your methods?
Ok, it's off to decide on another project while waiting on the resolution to this issue on this pattern.