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Fit for Real People: Sew Great Clothes Using Any Pattern
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First, it puts too much emphasis on tissue fitting. Tissue is a good first approximation, but tissue doesn't act like fabric, and it's fragile. Tissue fitting is not a substitute for a proper muslin because tissue doesn't drape, and it's only fitting half the body. Tissue fitting does work for boxy, straight styles made of woven materials (I.e. Most patterns from the big four pattern manufacturers) but it fails for drapey knits and close fitting styles. This means that a novice is likely to get frustrated and quit garment sewing because getting a garment to look good takes practice, time and patience. The book also spends almost no time discussing fabric, drape, hang and weight, meaning that a novice is likely to make at least one of the classic blunders and try to make clothing from quilting cotton, which almost never works. Fit is not just a principle of geometry, but of the materials that go into making a flat object into a curved one.
Second, the book has a confusing layout. For a novice, it lays out steps to follow (back, then shoulders, side, then bust) but the book doesn't follow those steps, so a novice can get easily turned around in the pages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book in the mail today and read through most of it. It's very thorough for fitting tissue patterns. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Unicorn Mama
This is the very best investment I've ever made. The methods are timeless and even if you never make a garment, you will learn how clothing SHOULd fit. Read morePublished 6 months ago by P. Rose Thompson
This is a wonderful book! Easy instructions with photos of real people modeling! I'm not a perfect sewer so I've learned a lot! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marimarmalade
I discovered a problem with my shoulders and the book explained how to adjust the pattern. Many other tips were helpful.Published 6 months ago by Sue Caldwell
This is a great book on how to fit patterns. It helped me sew my own wedding dress.Published 7 months ago by Tiffany Daniels