I have been seeing custom fit sewing patterns for a while now on the internet. The first company I came across was Lekala Patterns. One of my favorite bloggers, Thornberry, sews from them quite often. In fact, her most recent post is about one such make.
I recently found another custom pattern company, Bootstrap Fashion, quite by accident when reading about one of my favorite fashion designers, Yuliya Raquel. I first became obsessed with her talent several years ago when I discovered Igigi, a plus size clothing line she founded that I loved for its innovative and flattering dresses. As of two years ago she is no longer affiliated with that company, but has started Bootstrap Fashion and offers custom pdf sewing patterns for $3.49 each. Yuliya was gracious enough to respond to a message I sent her, and said her main reason for starting Bootstrap Fashion was that she “wanted to make a difference for the startup designers and hobbyist sewers”.
Yesterday, I took fresh measurements and ordered my first Bootstrap pattern, #42279 Button Front Shirt Dress.
I have had a chambray fabric for months now with the idea of using it for a shirtdress, but I had not found a pattern I really liked. I made a list of the requirements I had for such a dress: Button front placket, princess seams, back yoke, collar. I had a button down shirt pattern I thought of converting to a dress, but I have not even made initial fitting adjustments to it, let alone made the adjustments I would need to transform it into a dress. Besides, I didn’t want the placket to extend the full length of the dress, but just partway down. On a whim, I checked out the dress patterns on Bootstrap, and lo and behold, #44279 jumped out at me! It met all my requirements. I got the custom pattern emailed to me several hours later along with a technical illustration, sewing instructions, and a 3D model of my measurements.
It isn’t flattering, but by gosh it looks a lot like me in my skivvies! I have high hopes that this pattern will fit me well. I plan on putting it together, cutting it out, and sewing it up this weekend. Stay tuned for the reveal!