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Dear Gabby of the Sewcialists

Tuesday 24 November 2020: Gabby talks about fitting for yourself and the checklist she uses as she goes.

Gabby’s fitting tips – note these down for yourself!
  1. Know what you’re looking for. 2: Have your checklist. 3: Write everything down accurately so you can make those corrections. These are just a few of the suggestions that Gabby talks about.

You can read the Fit Model post Gabby wrote for the Sewcialists. There are many posts Gabby has written for Sewcialists this year that you should refer too.

When you put the garment on you can check the fit of each part of the garment and make notes about where you need to work on the pattern for a better fit. As you’re dressing, the unusual sizing or construction issues.

Make sure you check the garment again for any fit issues. There’s more from Gabby so listen in.

Tuesday 10 November 2020: Gabby makes the topic of grading patterns so much more real as she discusses the grading basis and background of standard body measurements. ASTM body measurement standards are the basis for pattern grading.

Pattern grading for everyone

Have you heard of ‘jump grading‘? Gabby talks about grading issues for both the home sewist and for independent pattern designers. You’ll have a few ‘a ha’ moments as you hear Gabby share her knowledge with you in this podcast.

An easy checklist is to 1: understand your measurements. 2: understand your measurements; and 3: understand your measurements.

There will be more about grading patterns in podcasts to come.

We didn’t go into this grading table because it’s simply too much to contemplate without proper training

Tuesday 3 November 2020: Gabby is back discussing her research of pdf patterns and her subsequent Wishlist articles she has posted on Sewcialists blog with suggestions from the sewing community.

PDF pattern wish list

Dear Gabby originally asked for PDF pattern community feedback and gave us her pdf pattern wish list. Gabby then wrote a follow up post with the community feedback she received about PDF patterns. The sewing community wrote in about their particular experiences with PDF patterns in addition to those Gabby and many other sewists had experienced.

In this podcast Gabby talks through her Wishlist for a better PDF pattern experience. PDF patterns are the Wild West of sewing patterns.

PDF pattern Wishlist – not printing in colour; minimise paper waste; minimise cutting and taping; offer copyshop format printing; are there different size layers you can turn on and off as you need various sizes. More thought and work by designers with PDF patterns will make using PDF patterns are better experience. Take a listen and you’ll hear the full discussion with Gabby.

Here’s the link to Tissuni patterns.

Tuesday 22 September 2020: Gabby Brown (Dear Gabby) is back discussing gender neutral sewing terminology. This discussion is an extension of the initial discussion with Emilia last month.

Tuesday 22 September 2020 – Gender neutral sewing terminology

Tuesday 15 September 2020: Gabby Brown is the fit specialist in the Sewcialists team. When there’s a fitting question from the sewing community, Gabby will research the question to provide the various answers.

Tuesday 15 September 2020 – Dear Gabby for the Sewcialists

Gabby is a technical fashion designer, fit specialist, and prolific googler. She lives in Denver, raises tiny littles, reads, embroiders, makes, experiments, fails, learns, tries again. See her on instagram @ladygrift.

In her first podcast Gabby gives us her sewing industry background and we then discuss true fit and aesthetics aspects when preparing your own clothes. Home sewers have a super power that ready to wear (rtw) doesn’t. Our super power is we have the skills to make our clothes fit our needs and lifestyles. It’s that simple and on Sewcialists, Gabby provides the research and resources to manage your sewing conundrums.

Gabby also describes what a technical fashion designer does. As she describes her role you’ll understand how her great communication and negotiation skills make her the perfect person to be the technical ‘go-to’ person within the Sewcialists team.

Kathleen Fasanella blog is the blog Gabby referred to in this first podcast.

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