Having accurate measurements of yourself is the first step to garment making.
Whether you prefer working from a pattern or love to create designs of your own, every piece of clothing needs to start with measurements. I know it’s tempting to skip this step (I’ve been guilty of it once or twice) but it really is the secret to success. When you’re about to spend more than ten hours crocheting a sweater, it’s a relatively small investment.
I had the pleasure of connecting with from, Lena, of Annie’s and a producer for the Knit and Crochet Now television show on PBS, and I am so excited to share this conversation with you! Lena studied garment making in school and has designed for some of the industry’s most popular publications. She shares tips for taking your measurements and taking those measurements and knowing what size to make from the pattern. Get ready to soak up a wealth of knowledge!
- How Lena came into the world of knitting and crochet and how she became a professional designer.
- How to take your own measurements.
- How to use your measurements to guide which size you make from a pattern.
- Types of garments – top down, pieced together – and benefits of both.
- How to choose yarn for your garment.
Now if you haven’t done so already, click on that play button at the top of the page to hear from Lena!
Links & Resoources
- Annie’s Catalog
- Annie’s Signature Designs
- Autumn Glow Collection
- Seaming Techniques Online Class
- Sizing Standards for Garment Making from Craft Yarn Council
Find Lena on Instagram @lenaskvagerson
Thanks for Listening!
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