I have spent quite some time lately thinking about garments and sizes. I would love to be able to design clothing but honestly the task is so daunting, so many of us come in different shapes and sizes and being able to design for all is something my brain can not wrap around.
Researching industry standards on sizes and measurements is a rabbit hole and one that I have fell into many a times, hours wasted and few grey hairs later I gave up.
But i am not one to completely give up so I told myself to start at the beginning and to go with what I know! ME
Designing for myself will help me better understand the how garments are made and how they fit, using my body as the template.
1. Using an old favorite sweater as a guideline, I broke down the garment into shapes. Your basic squares and rectangles
2. The classic granny square. Using up my stash of odd end rolls I made a large granny square to the size of the body.
3. I repeated the exact same granny square for the back panel.
4. The shoulders and neck. I did not want a boxy looking sweater so I knew I needed to shape the neck and add a few extra rows for the shoulders.
5. Sew up the side seams leaving arm holes open.
6. Arms – Continuing in the granny stitch style I added row by row until I got the length I was happy with.
7. Neck line. Round off your neck line by adding 3 rounds of single crochets.
8. Waist Line. A very simple waist using 3 rounds if single crochets.
9. Wrist cuffs. I found that the sleeves were too wide so I skip every 3rd stitch on the first round of single crochets. then continues another 5 rounds tapering in the cuff.
A very quick and easy way to make yourself a sweater to fit you perfectly!
Love Emma May XOXOX