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Fantastic Fit For Everybody: How to Alter Patterns to Flatter Your Figure (Rodale Sewing Book) Hardcover – March 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Rodale Sewing Book
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (March 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875967922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875967929
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally someone has written an in-depth fit book that is reader-friendly and reality-based with excellent photos of real people. If you read if from cover to cover, you will understand not only the concept of fit but also why you have experienced frustrations in the past."--Sandra Betzina, host of television's "Sew Perfect" and author of No Time to Sew, Power Sewing, and More Power Sewing

"At last, Fantastic Fit for Every Body reveals that fitting is every bit as creative, fun, and satisfying as sitting down at the sewing machine and sewing. This book is crammed with fitting solutions--many I've never seen in print--and each one has been tested on a real person. Fantastic Fit for Every Body not only makes fitting fun but also is full of ideas and inspiration."--Marcy Tilton, renowned sewing author and founder of the Sewing Workshop.

From the Inside Flap

Fantastic Fit for Every Body

Nationally known fit expert and educator Gale Griff Hazen shows you a no-fail way to evaluate your unique body shape, how to choose styles and fabrics that will look best on you, and how to alter patterns to fit your individual and three-dimensional body.

Her students have found consistent success using her fit process, and now, in Fantastic Fit for Every Body, Gale shares that process with sewers everywhere.

You will see real people with real fitting challenges. Gale Grigg Hazen helps each sewer analyze her body and manipulate her patterns to create garmetns that now only fit but also flatter her figure.

About the Author

Nationally known sewing, fitting, and machine expert Gale Griff Hazen knows what it is like to sew for a less-than-perfect figure, yet her clothes always fit, and she always looks fabulous. Now Gale shares her unique process for fitting garments with sewers worldwide.

"I know that real women in all shapes, sizes, and ages can look fabulous in clothes they make themselves," Gale says, "and I want to share that realization with women everywhere so they can look great, too."

Gale is the author of Sew Sane and Owner's Guide to Sewing Machines, Sergers, and Knitting Machines. She also has had numerous articles published in Threads and Sew News magazines. Gale is co-owner of The Sewing Place, a fabric store and sewing school in Saratoga, California.

Customer Reviews

Thank you so much for a very informative book.
Beverly Morten
A book everyone who sews and wants to improve fitting skills should have in their library.
Fran A. Anderson
Her style is breazy, motivating and fun to read.
blies@nmff.nwu.edu

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2003
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OK, I'll try not to get too touchy-feely here...but what I am going to remember about this book is how it has helped me accept my body the way it is! (protruding outer thighs, and small bust and "handles" on the back out of my thighs...in case you were curious! ; ) ) It has almost been a spiritual experience!
Ms. Hazen is a "round" woman with sparkle and a big heart. And almost every page there is a quote about how to accept yourself, don't be too critical, etc. etc. Truly, after realizing how NORMAL it is to not be the "norm", and after realizing how hard I've been on myself because I don't have slender lower hips...I have now accepted my body. I am truly grateful to Ms. Hazen for this one gift.
The croquis exercise was excellent...made the book worthwhile. You really do learn how your body is shaped in a 3-demensional way...wonderful! It is a great experience you should do as a sewer to understand your shape.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because after she explains the need to fit, and the philosophy of fitting...I was left wondering how MUCH to fit and some exact details. I'll get these other details from other books. And the only other criticism is that all of these women used as fitting examples were plus sized. It's great to fit ALL sizes, and I am so glad women of that size can create clothes they feel good in, but it made it harder for me to relate because I am not in that size range. Also, it's harder to see fitting problems in the bigger sizes.
Even with these small criticisms I still think this is a very worthwhile book and I have only the utmost love and respect for Ms. Hazen. She is a very special woman. Thank you Gail!!! By the way, you look great in the clothes you make!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
There are better alteration books out there, including the Vogue Sewing Book and the new Palmer/Pletch (sp?) alteration book.
Many alteration books, including this one, assume that all women require the same alterations -- increasing the hip size, decreasing the shoulders, etc. If your patterns require alteration in other areas (say, to accommodate broad, high shoulders or a thicker waist), you may not find this book as useful.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By blies@nmff.nwu.edu on April 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book has marvelously inspirational before and after photographs of garments made and worn by real women who appear in all sizes and shapes. The three dimensional alteration concepts presented are very different from those in other books that discuss pattern alteration as a two dimensional project. Hazen also is the only author I've seen who discusses alterations in the context of the fabric being altered. Her style is breazy, motivating and fun to read. For these reasons the book is well worth owning. This is not a technical reference manual though. The information sewers need to answer a single question is scattered throughout the text. There are no reference charts for standard measures used by various pattern companies and there is no information on how to select an appropriate pattern size. The text is very repetitious with the same paragraphs, diagrams and captions appearing throughout the book. Also, while I'm all for being environmentally conscientious, a book that will be turned to frequently needs to be printed on better quality paper than this. This is a great book for inspiration and new ideas but you'll probably want something else for your workhorse reference manual.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be quite interesting as far as facts went. The photos of real people in before and after were okay, but I would rather know how to do alterations. In other books (Fitting and Pattern Alteration, Fabulous Fit, and some others) alterations for sleeve, full bust, square shoulders, etc. is given. I may not be the same size as the person in Gale's photo and may not be making the same garment, so I really am not interested in how the garment got to be from poorly fit to better fit. I did enjoy some of the interesting facts in the book especially regarding sizing of patterns, dress forms (and where are the tummies on those size 24 dress forms!). The paper did not seem to be of the best quality. I thought the book was a little pricey and felt that better value could be found in other fitting books. I would recommend the new Palmer/Pletsch fitting book over this one.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By pfaff quilter on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book set me up for the grand finale which never came. Most of these women were on the ample side. I am short and thin but with a thick long waist and I am swayback. The majority of the alterations were on separates; not much attention was given to dresses. I did however like the croqui. I need to do this and find my own way. There are probably better, more direct books out there.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2000
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I'm just a so-so sewer, and this book was tremendously helpful to me. First, it gave me hope that I might actually be able to sew something that would fit. Second, it gave me focused instructions on how to make particular changes. Third, they worked.
If you are looking for the a-z of pattern fitting, this isn't it. But for a refreshing point of view and great ideas, I haven't found anything else in its league.
(It's fun, too.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun and helpful book. It was beneficial for me to learn that I should EXPECT my body to vary from the pattern standard - rather than beat myself up over it. I particularly liked the book's "before and after" photos. It's good to have so many visual images showing "this is what it means". Gale's insights will help me for years to come.
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