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The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns Paperback – Aug 1 2005

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (Aug. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589232275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589232273
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Illustrations are clear and plentiful providing lots of expert assistance for all levels of dressmaking, including problem areas. A must-have reference book.' Sew Today --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Creative Publishing international is a worldwide publisher of how-to books. The company's current retail offering includes over 300 titles on topics covering home improvement, home decorating, sewing, crafting, hunting & fishing, and photography. Over the past 15 years, CPi has developed high-quality photography step-by-step books with nationally recognized brand partners like Black & Decker and Singer.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shahana on April 23 2013
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I found some of the instructions confusing - but that might be my age. I found I have to give up sewing anyway.
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120 of 121 people found the following review helpful
Beware! This is a reprint June 21 2009
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This is the Singer Reference Library "The Perfect Fit", with a slightly different cover, new copyright date and differend ISBN. It's a good book, but if you already own the Singer book, as I do, you will be buying a duplicate book, as I just did. Buyer beware!
90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Excellent information Aug. 28 2008
By S. Lancaster - Published on
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Wow! This book is amazing. Even if the alteration information was terrible (which it's not), the beginning of the book would be well worth it's price. It begins by teaching you how to select the right pattern first. The authors explain how commercial patterns are built, and the differences between classic, relaxed and dramatic fit. The fitting section begins with a comprehensive figure analysis. Rather than having you squint at yourself in a mirror and decide, "Why yes, I AM a perfect hourglass figure," it explains how to make a full-sized body drawing, label the points and literally connect the dots to reveal your body type.

The book is stuffed with pictures. There are tons of pictures showing "average" body parts, and bodies on both sides of average. It was really easy to look at the pictures and say "Those are my arms. That's what my inner thigh looks like." I also didn't have to try to figure out how to perform each alteration, because there are detailed pictures that show every single line, snip and slide. It covers a wide range of alterations, explaining adjustments for shoulders, arms, waist, hips, thighs, bust, abdomen, and seat. Each adjustment section is then divided into minor adjustments and major adjustments, shows procedures for doing both, and includes the maximum recommended amount of adjustment so you don't distort your pattern. For each variation from average, the book includes a chart the explains the fitting goal, flattering styles and details, unflattering styles and details and common pattern adjustments. It helps you start out by choosing a pattern that is likely to flatter your body without a lot of adjustments. Finally, I felt like the book avoided judgemental labels like skinny/fat, large/flat, which I appreciated.

My only (extremely small) issue with this book is that some of the fashion photos are outdated. This must be a later edition of a previously published book. Although it is copywritten 2005, some of the clothing styles look like mid to late 1980's. This absolutely does not affect the information in the book, since it is talking about alterations, not choosing fashions. However, it came up just a couple times, such as the author's enthusiastic embrace of shoulder pads, and a complete lack of discussing bootcut pants and where they fit on the body-type spectrum. On the whole, it was a very small issue. Just don't look too closely at their fashion plates at the beginning of each chaper!

All in all, this book is fabulous. If you want a coffee table book about current fashions, skip it. If you want a book that will help you make your clothing fit, this is the one! It's the first alteration book that I have purchased, and I can't see needing anything else. It is clear, complete, and so easy to follow.
87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Excellent fitting resource Aug. 11 2007
By artfuleye - Published on
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This is the most comprehensive and clearly explanatory book on fitting and alteration I have ever seen.
The photos make it easy to see the problems and the drawings make it easy to see the solution. I highly recommend it.
90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Should Have Bought This Before Feb. 14 2007
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Many fitting books have good hints, but I've often had to look in several to get the fit right. This book gives clear and sound fitting help. The pictures clearly demonstrate what you are doing, and the results are very good. Wish I'd found this book before buying so many others.
70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book that gives all the steps June 8 2007
By R. Walker - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book gives all the examples with photos so you will understand what kind of alteration you need to do. Good book for advanced seamstresses. And a must-have for beginners and intermediates!