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Adjusting Fit Throughout the Garment Construction Process


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This web seminar recording is dedicated to addressing how to adjust fit while pattern pieces are being assembled.


Do you love to sew your own clothes but struggle with getting the fit just right in spite of doing pattern fittings or even sewing a muslin? While all major fitting adjustments are best done before the first pattern piece is cut, the fitting process doesn’t end there.

All materials perform differently, so what appears to fit during the pattern fitting stage or as a muslin may be a bit too snug or loose in the chosen fabric. Darts don’t hit in the right place or waistlines aren’t exactly where they belong. Fine tuning the fit throughout the entire construction process will ensure the finished garment fits in all the right places.

One of the principle reasons people make their own clothing is to achieve a fit that is superior to what is available in ready-to-wear. But, getting that perfect fit is a process. Fitting is one of the most challenging aspects of garment sewing, but when done well, it provides the greatest reward in a garment that is comfortable to wear and conforms to the body beautifully.

This web seminar recording is dedicated to addressing how to adjust fit while pattern pieces are being assembled. It provides tips and techniques for ways to fine tune the fit to the bodice, skirt and sleeves. Learn the stages during construction when fitting should be done. Learn how to pin fit and the various methods to transfer markings so grainlines remain in tack. In addition, learn the 3 inch rule when it comes to fitting side seams.

What you’ll learn:

  • The 4 key fitting opportunities before the first pattern piece is cut
  • The key fitting adjustment stages during garment construction
  • The 3 inch rule to fitting side seams
  • How to pin fit during construction
  • Methods for transferring markings when adjusting fit
  • How to maintain grainline integrity when implementing fitting adjustments

This web seminar recording is for any sewer looking to fine tune their skills when it comes to fitting. A solid base of fundamental sewing skills is necessary. A general understanding of how to use commercial patterns and basic garment construction is also helpful.

Who Should Attend:

  • Sewers with a solid base of fundamental sewing skills, pattern usage, and basic garment construction
  • Sewers looking to enhance their skills at fitting garments throughout the construction process
  • Sewers with some basic knowledge of fitting techniques
  • Sewers looking for solutions to basic fitting issues
  • Sewers of all levels looking to enhance and enrich their sewing skill set 

Linda Reynolds learned to sew as a young girl and has been sewing ever since.  Trained as a professional seamstress, she loves sharing her passion for the craft as a contributing blogger for Craftsy.com and as a sewing instructor teaching garment sewing to teens and adults. Her blog, Simply Sewing Studio (www.simplysewingstudio.com) offers helpful tips and easy solutions to everyday sewing dilemmas.

This is a recording of a previously presented, powerpoint-style live-streamed web seminar.

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