Today I learned another little lesson. *sigh*. I thought I'd make the most of having a day off work to do some stitching. The boy had a day off and wanted to go guitar shopping to choose the birthday present I had promised him, so I took a day too. I planned to sew in the afternoon.
I had my two new Simplicity patterns (pajamas and A-line skirt) all lined up and the fabric for the PJs all washed and ready to rock. (I should say I know you can make PJ bottoms without a pattern but I wanted to ease myself into the world of commercial patterns gently with an item that is supposedly easy to do.) Sew anyway...*snarf*...I had planned to be a bit of a smarty pants and trace the pattern onto tracing paper so I could reuse it in different sizes if I ever needed to. I measured my dimensions, sussed out the size I needed, whipped out the pattern and tracing paper and....realised I had ordered the wrong pattern sizes for both garments. GGNAHHAH! I am usually a UK 10 on top and a 10-12 on my bottom half depending on the cut and material (more often a 12 than a 10 if I'm honest!). So I figured a pattern going up to a Medium would be fine. Well it's not - my measurements showed I needed a Large. So another little sewing lesson learned - sewing patterns don't size up in the same way as garments from high street shops. Having a little google around confirmed that this is a well known fact amongst you sewists. Why didn't anyone tell meeeeee?!
Luckily I ordered the patterns on Amazon using Prime so back in the post they go tomorrow for a refund. And I didn't do any sewing. Bah, humbug.