One of the advantages of crocheting your own tops and
sweaters is the ability to modify them to flatter your figure. Need a little
more room in the bust without affecting the circumference of the waist, or,
like me, is there always too much fabric at the hips? Modifying a crochet
pattern can seem intimidating, but with a little instruction and a few tips,
you can modify any crochet top for a perfect fit. Here is an excerpt from our
newest free eBook to get you started.
|Top to Bottom: Shaping Part Deux, China Doll, Queen Anne's Lace Blouse, Ripple-Lace V-Neck Top, , and Cubist Asymmetrical Cardigan.
In a group of fifty-seven or more randomly selected people,
there is a greater than 99 percent chance that two will have the same birthday.
But you'll probably never meet another woman with your exact body measurements.
So how can you crochet a flattering garment from a pattern that cannot possibly
offer shaping to fit everybody?
The suggestions [in this article] are meant to help you fine
tune the fit of a sweater from a published pattern. The accompanying pattern,
China Doll, involves shaping with a seamless, top-down approach, using a
shell-stitch pattern, but the techniques are applicable to other garment
constructions as well as to all plain stitches and many stitch patterns.
Start with the Best Size
The first and most critical decision you make when embarking
on a garment project is which size to make. A sweater hangs from the shoulders;
the parts that need to fit well from the start are the neck, the shoulder
width, and the depth to the underarm. When you choose the size that fits you
best at these points, the garment will not only hang properly from your
shoulders but will be easier to adjust for the rest of you.
For most bodies, this means choosing the size that is
closest to the measurement above your bust, under the arms, rather than the
measurement at the fullest part of your bust-in other words, your bra band
size. If you want a close fit, allow for minimal, zero, or negative ease; for a
looser-fitting layer, you add the appropriate number of inches for ease. Ease
refers to the difference between your actual body measurement and that of the
finished garment. . . .
Hopefully, examining the way patterns can be tweaked to
flatter your unique figure will open up a world of potential for your crochet
- Doris Chan
I already use many of these great tips for modifying my own
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