Instant Fit Check
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Flip your cutting mat and check that shape! When the shoulder slope on a pattern doesn’t match your body, it can throw
the fit way off. To simplify sewing bodices, I just traced my shoulder slope on the back of my cutting mat. Every time
I open a new pattern, I can easily flip my mat over, check the shoulder slope, and make needed adjustments.
This system works so well that I also copied my favorite necklines and the shapes of loose-fitting T-shirts. I used a permanent felt-tip marker and copied along the pattern seamlines.
NOTE: To make your tracing even more useful, you can also copy the bust point and waistline for reference.
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Trace your shoulder slope directly on the surface of your cutting mat with a permanent marker.
For easy reference, add neckline and T-shirt shapes.
My cat, Zack, also finds the mat fascinating. That's his furry orange head at left. He kept sneaking into the photo!