Store-bought patterns usually need a bit of finessing to take them from a general size to an individual's perfect fit. Sandra Betzina, the host of HGTV's Sew Perfect, knows exactly how to alter a pattern to compensate for just about every figure flaw or to accommodate any figure type. Fast Fit is packed with dozens of clear analyses of all the "problem areas"--from broad back to thin neck, sloping shoulders to large upper arms, big tummy to bowed legs--and step-by-step solutions to turn a standard pattern into something that corrects the fit in each area.
The introductory section explains how to take proper measurements, choose the right size, and approach the pattern-alteration process. Illustrations of altered patterns show precisely how to cut apart and reposition the pattern pieces, although some details may need a bit of interpretation since the patterns are shown quite small. One other drawback is that, easy as these fixes may generally be, they're not necessarily fast from the start, since Betzina recommends that you first make a fitting shell to highlight problem areas. (But once you've figured these out you can then apply the information to many patterns.) All in all, this is a good reference, and unless you know how to draft your own patterns from scratch, you'll probably benefit from Betzina's help. --Amy Handy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Take the fear out of pattern adjustments and learn what makes things fit with the details for any body type from the wonderful information in this book."See all Editorial Reviews
I am very pleased with the selection of this book. It was very helpful and I was able to complete my project.Published 1 month ago by Marlese
Love Sandra Bettina, Can't wait to get into this life changing education of learning how to fit cloths for my body.Published 2 months ago by Cheryl R. Grant
This book was highly recommended by a local garment sewing instructor and I can see why. Should be a very useful addition to my sewing library.Published 4 months ago by Menzrob
Great addition to my sewing reference library. Book is in very good condition. No marks or torn pages. Very happy with my purchase of a used book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NitaP
Having this feels as if she's right by my side. My copy is pretty well-loved (beat up!) by now, and I appreciate the notations she has us enter on the charts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Upbeat
Like most sewers, I have a shelf of "how to fit" books. Most have a dozen steps, and are so complicated that you take one look and put them on the shelf, never to be looked... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Artsie
First, I must say the quality of paper this book is printed on is wonderful. I ordered the paperback and it will surely hold up as a most useful reference book must. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs. D