This series of posts will focus on makes from other independent pattern companies. We are so excited about all the unique indie designers out there. Amity and I both have a slew of patterns in our stashes from these great companies. We’re not just collecting these and ogling at them, though that happens often. We’ve actually found time to sew up some of these!
My latest indie intrigue is from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns. The line is especially made for petites. Can you see I’m jumping with joy? No? Look down. LOL. A little bit of short people humor.
In all seriousness, modifying a pattern for a petite proportion is a lot of work. Shortening the length between the shoulders and the bust causes all sorts of problems with the sleeve and neck line. Don’t get me started on those regular necklines that look like plunging necklines on my petite body. What about those regular rise pants that look like old man pants hiked up to under my boobs? If I continue, I’ll have to uncork my favorite bottle of Moscato to get my blood pressure down.
Since this is my first time trying Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick pattern and there aren’t too many pattern reviews yet on PR, I didn’t know what to expect. Good thing they have a free pattern so I can try them with little risk. It doesn’t hurt that I also used some gifted fabric from Cindy of Cation Designs. The Tonic t-shirt is free to download as a PDF.
Just a watch out the taping the pages, don’t trim the pages to the print area. I did this with the first few pages and the lines didn’t match. The pages are meant to align edge to edge with gaps in the printed lines according to your printers print margins.
I picked my size by my usual technique of wrapping the knit fabric around my bust, waist and hips to find my finished garment measurement. This takes out the guessing game that comes with variable stretchiness of knits. From this I determined that I was an x-small bust and waist. I’m pear shaped so I needed a medium/large for the hips.
I did a quick “tissue” fit and decided the pattern was good enough to cut. It’s a t-shirt so I wasn’t too finicky about doing all my usual fit adjustments.
The construction of the t-shirt neck trim is very interesting and different than I have seen in with other patterns. It’s very quick and easy to get right the first time. The notches matched up nicely. The fit was amazing out of the box err printer.
Lookie! No large, drooping armholes that restricts my movement. No scandalous necklines to attract a different kind of ogling. No t-shirts masquerading as a dress. I’m definitely making more Tonic t-shirts and giving their other patterns a try. I’m so glad to have found this line. That’s it for this We <3 Indies post.
You can find the pattern review for this pattern by clicking here.
Next up: Amity will be revealing her fabulous Minoru.