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  • A Tale of Two FBAs

    Jalie Dolman Sleeve Top with cheater FBA Jalie Dolman Sleeve Top with cheater FBA

    Even though I am a certified Palmer/Pletch Fit instructor, I am also a certified shortcut-taker. I know the correct way to alter a pattern to fit, but I my brain automatically tries to find a faster way. And, owning a shop and setting up a website keep me busy, so I’m always doing everything at the last minute.

    As I prepared to teach a Sewing with Knits class, using the Jalie Dolman Top pattern, I felt too rushed to do a proper full-bust adjustment. I also wanted to give my students an easy alternative to an involved full-bust adjustment.

    Noticing that the center front of the shirt is on the fold, and the Jalie pattern drafters moved the center front farther and farther out as the size increased, I decided to cut out the size based on my high bust measurement, but add fabric at the center front by cutting the center front on the size that fit my full bust. I then cut out the top in our lovely rayon/poly stripe knit in black and cobalt.

    I hemmed the neckline, instead of binding it, and added sleeves. I love it. The back fits well, and the deeper, wider neckline formed by cutting a larger size at the center front is cute and flattering.

    I like a wide neckline... I like a wide neckline...

    Then I taught the class again. Only two students signed up, and I knew they would both benefit from a full-bust adjustment. I was curious how a true FBA would compare to my cheater FBA, so before the class, I altered the pattern using the Palmer/Pletsch Knit for Real People book, and here is the result. I used Riley Blake’s Four Corners Knit in Black. I bound the neck, which raised the neckline a little, but as you can see, the two methods created two very different looks.

    The high neckline is maintained with a traditional Full Bust Adjustment The high neckline is maintained with a traditional Full Bust Adjustment

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    So, if you love the neckline on a pattern, do a traditional full-bust-adjustment, as described in Fit for Real People and Knits for Real People, but if you want a wider neckline, just add fabric to the center front. That’s why we love sewing. Everything is custom, just for us!

  • Why I Sew

    IMG_6980 Jane just started sewing, and she's already making amazing things! Dress Pattern: Merchant & Mills Camber Set. Fabric: Traffic in Cherry by Anna Maria Horner.

    It’s easy to fall in love with sewing when you’re surrounded by gorgeous fabrics. As every new shipment comes in, I swoon and sigh, and the wheels start turning. By now I'm pretty sure I’ve got a plan in mind for all 1,036 bolts of fabric in the shop. But let me back up.

    I was not always into sewing. Before starting at The Confident Stitch six months ago, I’d learned how to do the basics, and throughout the years made some curtains, napkins, and tote bags. In other words, very square things. My attempts at clothing always ended in frustration, irritation, and an utterly unwearable piece of clothing. After each attempt, the sewing machine ended up back in the basement to collect dust.

    Thankfully, I have since discovered a whole world of inspiration, and, more importantly, instruction. I’ve been introduced to the sewing blogs and Instagram accounts of talented sewers and pattern designers across the world, and am excited by a new generation of modern garment makers. The tutorials available online, particularly from the independent pattern companies we stock, are an invaluable resource. Closer to home, I am constantly impressed by the things our customers make; no two look alike, and each person's interpretation of a pattern is unique to their style. Finding this network of makers and doers online and in my own community convinced me to give garment sewing another chance. Armed with some good patterns and lots (and lots) of patient advice from Kate and Bonnie, I’ve become nothing short of obsessed.

    I’ve always been a consumer of other people’s creativity – artwork, food, books – but now I’ve discovered a way to explore my own. Just as quickly as I learn a new pattern, I end up changing it. Some changes are functional; I often need to tweak darts and or add length to the torso. Some are purely for fun: adding a shirt-tail hem or a keyhole neckline. But that’s the beauty of making my own clothing. It’s truly my own – the pattern is just the jumping off point.

    I still take out almost as many stitches as I put in. I’ve cursed at more bias binding than I care to admit. And I require much, much more practice before I can comfortably embrace the label of seamstress. But along the way I’ve learned that some silhouettes work on me and some never will, that my back has a deep curve to it, that my top half and bottom half are two completely different sizes. I’ve learned that clothes I’ve made myself are washed more carefully, worn more frequently, and complimented more often. I’ve learned the difference between rayon and voile, bamboo versus soy, and been introduced to that most magical of fabrics, double gauze. I’ve learned that a single pattern has infinite possibilities.

    And so, piece by piece, I’m building a handmade wardrobe, and building confidence in my skills. I’m heartened that the slow fashion movement is gaining momentum and that there is a new generation of (mostly) women breathing fresh life into sewing and pattern making. I’m stubbornly optimistic that we have options beyond the chains selling us unsustainable fashion. And did I mention that sewing is just fun?

    Quilting is another matter entirely. I’ll let you know when I take that plunge…

  • Welcome to The Confident Stitch!

    The Confident Stitch Founder, Kate McIvor, outside our shop in Missoula, Montana. The Confident Stitch Founder, Kate McIvor, outside our shop in Missoula, Montana.

    Welcome to The Confident Stitch! We are glad you’re here! Our goal is to help you feel empowered to express yourself through fabric, whether you’re making clothes that fit just right, a quilt, or just playing with scissors.

    Take a virtual stroll through the shop – we have fine fabrics from around the world, high-quality notions, patterns from independent designers, inspiring books, buttons, ribbons – everything you need to make your next project a success.

    All of the products in our little shop are organized by category and attribute. We have also cross-referenced products with companion products, such as fabrics with appropriate patterns -- to help you find things, and to make browsing more fun!

    We’d like to say this site is the culmination of a year of hard work, but The Confident Stitch feels more like a work-in-progress! Let us know what you love and what could be improved. We’ll accentuate the positive and improve the improve-able!

    While we worked hard to describe, photograph and link every item, credit for the beauty and quality of this site goes to Flying Horse Communications, and our web developers, Drew Schug and Wes Broadway. They did amazing work taking Kate’s vision for a great website to reality.

    We will also be using this blog as a forum for describing our experiences sewing with the patterns and fabrics you see in the shop.

    We look forward to getting to know you!

    Kate, Jane, Bess and Bonnie

    Kate McIvor, Founder Kate McIvor, Founder

    Jane Mandala, Shop and Web Manager Jane Mandala, Shop and Web Manager

    Bess Bird, Photographer Bess Bird, Photographer

     

    Bonnie Thompson, Seamstress Bonnie Thompson, Seamstress

  • Stockists

    Australia

    Donvale Optical

    (03) 9842 8442
    Tunstall Square 
    Donvale, VIC, 3111

    Collins Street Optometrists

    14 Collins Street 
    Melbourne 3000

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    Denmark

    (Dist) Shoe The Bear

    +45 2521 0823
    thomas@shoethebear.com
    c/o Lynfabrikken 
    Vestergade 49 B 
    8000 Aarhus

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    Helsinki

    Trend Optic

    optikko@trendoptic.net
    Lönnrotinkatu 41 
    00181 Helsinki

    Stockholm

    City Optik

    cityoptik@telia.com
    08-7917570 
    Drottninggatan 80 
    11136 Stockholm

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    Bågar & Glas

    norrland@bagarglas.se
    08-4111157 
    Kornhamnstorg 47 
    103 95 Stockholm

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    Stureoptikern

    110246 Stockholm
    info@stureoptikern.se
    08-6115500 
    Grevturegatan 9

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    Ringdahls Optik

    info@ringdahlsoptik.se
    08-6501922 
    Fleminggatan 36 
    112 33 Stockholm

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    Benckert Optik

    danieljohnsson@benckertoptik.se
    08-6446450 
    Söderhallarna 
    11872 Stockholm

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    Synsam

    gallerian@synsam.se
    08-454 35 00 
    Gallerian, Hamngatan 37 
    103 26 Stockholm

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    Ögonkontakten

    08-35 35 08
    ogonkontakten@syntrygg.com
    Sollentunavägen 177 

    191 48 Sollentuna

    Oslo

    Ollis Optikk

    +47 22 46 29 40
    bogstadveien
    Bogstad v. 11 
    0355 Oslo

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    Spain

    Five Stars Showroom

    + 34 934 869 931
    mjnc@5strs.com
    c/Llull, 51. 4 - 5. 

    08005 Barcelona

     

  • About

    We have a shop!

    139 West Front St.

    Missoula, MT 59802

    (406)540-4068

    Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10am to 5pm. Saturday 11am to 4pm

    The Confident Stitch

     

    Handcrafted clothing is the epitome of enduring quality and timelessness. Sewing your own garment puts you in control of every aspect of its look and feel, from the fabrics youʼll use to the strength of the stitching. And itʼs easier than you think. My goal is to guide you with clear, professional instruction to create the wardrobe pieces that youʼll turn to first for years to come. My passion is sharing the confidence that comes with knowing each cut is done right, and each stitch is bringing you closer to crafting your next favorite garment! 

     

     

     

    Fit matters. Fit is what makes the difference between the dress you spend half the evening yanking up or down, and the dress that makes you feel elegant and polished wherever you are. Fit is the difference between bunching and gapping, and making the right impression at the right time. Womenʼs bodies are so beautifully diverse. Having the skills to determine fit and sew for your unique shape will allow you to step outside the fashion industryʼs ever-changing sizing chart and into the rewarding world of custom made, just for you.

     

    Through The Confident Stitch Iʼll be updating you on my own sewing adventures, and
    offering helpful tips on how to be your own favorite fashion designer and custom tailor.
    As the project evolves, Iʼll be offering a customized line of sewing products and carefully
    curated fabrics so you can get everything you need to start your next project in one
    place. I look forward to keeping you posted on whatʼs happening here - in the
    meantime, I want to hear about what youʼre working on, and what youʼre excited to
    make next! 

     

  • Home

    Visit the Shop:

    139 West Front St.

    Missoula, Montana 59802

    (406)540-4068

    Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am until 5 pm; Saturday 11am until 4 pm

    The Confident Stitch is a gathering spot for anyone who delights in the fine details, and major triumphs, of handcrafted garments.

    We believe life is too short, and too lovely, not to wear clothing that embraces your figure and expresses your individuality - we want every woman to share in the confidence that comes from a garment that fits perfectly. This blog explores the simple pleasures of combining fabrics that make your heart sing, with custom-made patterns that curve with your body. We also provide the resources you need to transform your great sewing idea into your next favorite outfit, confident that each stitch is bringing you closer to a perfect combination of form and function.

    Click to see all dresses! Click to see all dresses!

    Project Selvedge 2014 Project Selvedge 2014

    Click to see all shirts. Click to see all shirts.

    Click to see all tutorials Click to see all tutorials

    Click to see all tops. Click to see all tops.

    Click to see all knits. Click to see all knits.

    Click to see all pants. Click to see all pants.

    Click to see all jackets. Click to see all jackets.

  • Contact Us

     

    Inquiries

    Name *
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    The Confident Stitch

    Helena, Montana

    Office
    Phone: 406.461.8145
    Email: kate@theconfidentstitch.com

     

  • Read Me

    Dovetail is a versatile and stylish business template. It is easy to set up and welcomes visitors with thoughtful, modern layouts. Dovetail is popular with businesses of all kinds for its contemporary style.


    Sizes & Values

     Site Width - sets the width of the site content including canvas padding.

    Page Description Width - controls the width of the page description when shown in the Page Banner area.

    Canvas Padding - adjusts the amount of spacing around the inside edge of the canvas area.

    Navigation Link Spacing - determine the amount of space set between each navigation link.

    Header Padding - controls the amount of space below the navigation and site title in the header area.

    Page Padding - sets the amount of space at the top (under banner area) and bottom of the page content.

    Page Banner Height - determines the height of the page banner area holding the page thumbnail, title and description.

    Footer Padding - controls the amount of space at the top of the footer area, below the top border.

    Logo Height - sets the maximum height of the logo that is assigned to the site.

    Social Icon Size - set the size of the (non-social-block) social icons. 


    Template Options

    Header Alignment - controls the alignment of the logo (or site title) and navigation in the header area.

    Footer Alignment - controls the alignment of the footer text and navigation in the footer area.

    Page Borders - sets the thickness and display of the footer and page borders including horizontal rules placed with LayoutEngine.

    Social Icons - controls the display of the (non-social-block) social icon links.

    Page Banner Full Width - toggle the width of the page banner image between edge-to-edge and content width.

    Hide Page Banner - disables the entire page banner area.

    Hide Page Title - hides the page title inside the page banner area when enabled.

    Show Site Info Icon - reveals an icon in the far upper right corner of the canvas that when clicked shows site info in an overlay. 


    Blog Styles

    Blog Meta Color - sets the color of article meta information like tags, dates, author etc.

    Blog Post Spacing - controls the amount of space between each blog post in list view.

    Blog Sidebar Width - determines the width of the sidebar when displayed in a blog. 

    Blog Sidebar - controls the position / display of the sidebar within a blog.

    Hide Blog Author - turns off the display of an author name within the blog post meta. 


    Gallery Styles

    Gallery Navigation - determines the type of gallery image navigation is provided on the page.

    Gallery Info Overlay - select the type of display used for image title and caption.

    Gallery Aspect Ratio - controls the aspect ratio (width:height) for the gallery active slide.

    Gallery Arrow Style - determines the style of the arrows used to cycle through the slides.

    Gallery Transitions - select the transition styles used to animate between slides being viewed.

    Gallery Show Arrows - choose to use arrows for cycling through slides.

    Gallery Auto Crop - choose to auto crop slide images to the selected ratio.

    Gallery Autoplay - choose to cycle gallery images automatically without user interaction. 

    Gallery Loop - enable a gallery to cycle through to the first slide after the last slide.

    Gallery Autoplay Speed - specify the speed at which the gallery pauses on the active slide.

    Gallery Thumbnail Size - control the height of thumbnail images when used for gallery navigation.

    Gallery Arrow Background - specify the color that is used for the shape of gallery arrows.

    Gallery Arrow Color - specify the color that is used for the arrow itself.

    Gallery Circle Color - specify the color that is used for the circle shape gallery arrows.

    Gallery Info Background - specify the color used in the background of the image title and caption. 


    Product Styles

    Product Background Color - sets the color behind the product image.

    Product Overlay Color - sets the color of the overlay when product list titles are set to 'overlay.'

    Products Per Row - determines the number of products shown per line on the product list.

    Product List Titles - controls the position of the product title on the product list.

    Product List Alignment - sets the text alignment of the product title on the product list.

    Product Item Size - select an image ratio for the product photo on the product list. 

    Product Image Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the image area or fit within.

    Product Gallery Size - select an image ratio for the product gallery on the product item page.

    Product Gallery Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the gallery area or fit within.

    Show Product Price - shows the price on the product list page when enabled.

    Show Product Item Nav - shows the 'back to shop' link on the product item page.

     


    Event Styles

    Event Time Format - toggle between 24 hour or AM/PM for event times.

    Event Icons - enable icons on the address and event time display.

    Event Thumbnails - show an image thumbnail in list view.

    Event Thumbnail Size - controls the size (ratio width:height) of the event thumbnail image.

    Event Date Label - enable date overlay on top of event thumbnail.

    Event Date Label Time - include the time of the event with the date overlay.

    Event Excerpts - show optional excerpt text of events on the list view when present. 

    Event List Date - show the full event date (day, month, year) of the event on the list view.

    Event List Time - show the time range (start time-end time) of the event on the list view.

    Event List Address - show the event location address when present.

    Event iCal/gCal Links - show links to add events to Apple or Google calendars.

    Event Like and Share Buttons - show Squarespace simple like and share buttons on events.

    Event List Compact View - enable a simple stacked view of events in the list view.

    Event Calendar Compact View - enable a simpler calendar view optimized for smaller areas. 


    In Depth Guide

    Our Customer Care team has created a very useful guide on Using the Dovetail Template if you'd like a more in-depth look.

     

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Terms & Conditions in short

    • By ordering any of our products, you agree to be bound by these terms & conditions.
    • By placing an order at Vasuma, you warrant that you are at least 18 years old or have parents' permission to buy from us.
    • All personal information you provide us with or that we obtain will be handled by Vasuma as responsible for the personal information.
    • Events outside Vasuma's control shall be considered force majeure.
    • The price applicable is that set at the date on which you place your order.
    • Shipping costs and payment fees are recognized before confirming the purchase.
    • Card information is transmitted over secure SSL encryption and is not stored.
    • Please note that local charges may occur.
    • Vasuma reserves the right to amend any information without prior notice.

    Terms & Conditions

    This page contains the terms & conditions. Please read these terms & conditions carefully before ordering any products from us. You should understand that by ordering any of our products, you agree to be bound by these terms & conditions.

    By placing an order at Vasuma, you warrant that you are at least 18 years old (or have parents' permission to buy from us) and accept these terms & conditions which shall apply to all orders placed or to be placed at Vasuma for the sale and supply of any products. None of these terms & conditions affect your statutory rights. No other terms or changes to the terms & conditions shall be binding unless agreed in writing signed by us.

    Personal Information

    All personal information you provide us with or that we obtain will be handled by Vasuma as responsible for the personal information. The personal information you provide will be used to ensure deliveries to you, the credit assessment, to provide offers and information on our catalog to you. The information you provide is only available to Vasuma and Tictail and will not be shared with other third parties. You have the right to inspect the information held about you. You always have the right to request Vasuma to delete or correct the information held about you. By accepting the Vasuma Conditions, you agree to the above.

    Force Majeure

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    Payment

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    All transfers conducted through Vasuma are handled and transacted through third party dedicated gateways to guarantee your protection. Card information is not stored and all card information is handled over SSL encryption. Please read the terms & conditions for the payment gateway choosen for the transaction as they are responsible for the transactions made.

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