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Table of Contents


Laying the Foundation

Developing a Solid Approach to Fitting

Why Fitting is Complicated

Each Individual is Unique

Pattern and Fitting Basics

How Patterns are Developed

Finding Your Way Around a Pattern

Garment Silhouettes and Ease

Choosing a Pattern Size

Tools for Pattern Work and Fitting

The Interrelationship Between Patterns and Fitting

Overview of the Fitting Process

Recognizing Fitting Issues

A Framework for Fitting

The Fitting Axis

The Horizontal Balance Line

Fundamentals of Fitting Muslins

Learning to Look

The Body as “Volume”

Fitting Others and Yourself

What to Wear for a Fitting

Preparing the Test Muslin for a Fitting

Clipping and Marking During a Fitting


Keeping the Muslin Balanced

Fitting Order

Fitting Tips

Assessing the Fit

Fundamentals of Altering Patterns

Glossary of Patternmaking Terms

Making Flat Pattern Adjustments

Transferring Muslin Markings to the Pattern

Blending Seams, Using the Rulers, and Adding Seam Allowances

Lengthening and Shortening Patterns, and Grainline Arrows

Walking and Truing a Pattern

Placing and Creating Notches

Controlling Patterns with Built-in Ease

Truing Difficult Seams

Moving the Placement of a Seam

Moving a Dart to a New Location

Truing Dart Legs

Scaling Patterns Up and Down

Working in an Efficient Order

Developing your Ability

The Process of Fitting Garments


Bodice with Darts

Bodice with Shoulder Princess Line

Jacket with Side Panel with Set-in Sleeve

Tunic with Armscye Princess Line

Bodice with Raglan Sleeve

Fitting Solutions for Body Types and Related Pattern Alterations




Shoulder Line and Neck

Set-in Sleeves

Raglan Sleeves

Waist and Hips

Fitting Pants

Understanding Body Mass and Pants Volume

Fine-tuning the Fit

The Process of Fitting Pants

Body Type Examples

Typical Pants Pattern Alterations

Going to the Next Level

Correcting Pattern Elements Affected by Fitting Changes





Get Creative

Using Style Lines to Create Pleasing Proportions

Dart Equivalents

Collar Variations

Cuffs and Sleeve Hems

About the Author


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