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Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach to the Art of Style Selection, Fitting, and Alteration [Paperback]

by Elizabeth L. Liechty, Della N. Pottberg-Steineckert, Judith A. Rasband
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July 31, 2009 1563677830 978-1563677830 2
Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach to the Art of Style Selection, Fitting, and Alteration, 2nd Edition, shows readers how to recognize, evaluate, and correct fit for 88 figure variations. This comprehensive guide presents proven methods of style selection, fitting, and alteration that are rooted in the elements and principles of design. The authors use a multi-level approach that is both logical and easy to follow, and each procedure is clearly identified and fully illustrated. Highlights of this edition include alternative methods of figure evaluation, information about choosing the right style to enhance one’s figure, and instructions for working with multi-sized patterns and correcting garments that have more than one fit problem.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Liechty is Professor Emerita at Brigham Young University.
Della N. Pottberg-Steineckert is Professor Emerita at Brigham Young University.
Judith Rasband is the founder and CEO of Conselle L.C. and director of the Conselle Institute of Image
Management.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; 2 edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563677830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563677830
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive December 19, 2009
By E. Holt
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I cant rave enough about this book. It is broken down into 3 main sections:
1)Style selection for body type
2)Fitting
3)Alteration.

The Fitting and Alteration sections are then broken down into 3 different methods.
Fitting section covers the Measurement method, Tissue fitted method and Trial garment methods of Fitting.

The Alteration section studies the Seam method, the pivot method and the 'corrected' slash method.

In all cases the book is unbiased as it studies the various methods for acheiving the same things.

The last 300 pages is a fully expanded reference of just about every possible pattern alteration. It gives details of how the alteration would be done no matter which method you use.

This is probably the most comprehensoive book on the subject, and certainly the most comprehensive on the subject of the seam method of alteration.

I have many books on Fitting and alteration and this is by far my favorite. It will be one I refer back to as long as I sew and draft patterns.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't live without this book! January 30, 2010
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I have the previous edition of this book and it was always my go to book, but the new additions are priceless. The information on what order to do your measuring plus the order to do your alterations is something no seamstress should be without. The improvements on where to hinge with little scissors and big scissors in color is so helpful. If you have ever struggled with altering your pattern only to create a distortion or change something that didn't need changing, this book is for you. I had mine spiral bound so it can lay open flat on my cutting table.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Comprehensive Resource August 27, 2010
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I waited a long time for this book. I viewed it as the answer to my many alteration woes. I purchased several other books until I got my hands on this one.

All in all, I'm pleased with it. It's not perfect, but it is the most complete resource I've found. It's pricey, but I think it's worth it. Others have suggested buying an older edition. The nerd in me won't allow that :-)

The book is organized into three sections. Things don't get good until Part Two. This is where the book goes into body types, ways to fit and a discussion of the various ways to alter a pattern.

Part Three is what you pay for -- figure variations and how to alter patterns for them. This covers 88 figure variations. For each, you are shown how to do the alteration via the seam method, pivot/slide method and slash method. I love that the book provided all three methods for each variation! I'm a little sad because it doesn't give info on how to adjust wrap skirts or tops.

Let me back up and give you the full picture: for each variation, the book explains what the issue is (figure evaluation); the problems it causes (fitting problems); how to alter for the problem in RTW and the muslin; gives body measurement positions and pattern measurement comparison. Then it gives you the correction for flat pattern alteration using three methods. This book is fantastic.

It's fantastic, but not perfect. While you get more detailed instructions regarding using the three methods to alter a basic pattern piece (like a darted bodice), the book gives you smaller reference pictures showing how the seam method would be used on other styles, like an empire-waist bodice. These are pictures only. I wish there were written isntructions too.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy unless you're advanced!!! February 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
I'm so glad I got this book from the library before I decided to buy it. I'm really into sewing, and have been looking to advance my skills through pattern alteration since most patterns are B cup and I'm A. I'm a total nerd and have read oodles of sewing books on what to do for a small bust adjustment. There is not a lot of info out there, and what I have found is not that helpful.
This book looks like it covers every single alteration you could possibly ever need to do, yet to me it reads like Chinese. As in, it's way over my head right now. If you're a hobbyist and don't have a ton of experience, this book will be way too difficult. There are not enough explanations and pictures for my inexperienced eyes, yet I can tell it would be very useful if you knew a lot.
It's very organized and if I ever get mad skillz, I will look into it. Til then, I'll stick with easier books!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book you will ever need for Pattern adjustments. November 14, 2009
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I have a variety of fitting and adjustment books I have purchased over the years . This book has all the adjustments you can think of with 3 diagrammed alternatives ( ways ) to do the adjustment . This book and the Pants for all People , and Jackets for all People ( Palmer/Pletsch books ) are the best ones for any sewer.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, disappointing table of contents July 20, 2011
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I have the first edition of this book, and it is *indispensable* in terms of diagnosing and solving fit problems. They diagnose some fitting problems I haven't ever seen mentioned in any other fitting book. I learned that my pants all hang oddly and bind when I walk because I have inward-rotating knees, for example.

However, I am returning this one, even though I am giving it 5 stars. I already have several books on wardrobe styling, selecting flattering styles, etc. so the first 200 pages of this book aren't that helpful for me. Also, I prefer the pattern alteration details in the first edition, although if I had never seen the first edition, I'm sure I would love the descriptions in this one. For the price, it doesn't have enough new information for me. If it cost $30, I would definitely keep it, and when I'm more flush, I could see buying it to have as an all-in-one reference text.

My main dissatisfaction with this edition is the TOC. The heart of these books is the detailed and well-organized list of possible fit problems. In the first book, these are numbered from 1 to 85 or something, and the number (and page number) appears in the TOC and also at the start of each associated section of the book (bodice, sleeve, etc.). The new edition doesn't have these listed anywhere! They are in part 3 of the book, and the TOC for that part essentially says:

Bodices, page 163
Sleeves, page 315
Skirts and pants, 352

And the individual sections don't have the alterations listed out either! So the only way to find them is to flip through the book, or know what you are looking for and find it in the index. The first 160 pages of the book are listed in fairly good detail in the TOC, and it seems a poor decision not to do the same for the alterations list.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting and Pattern Alteration
I just love this book. It is packed with information for every size and shape. The technique for a posterior that is flat and has extra fabric under the buttocks is really unique.
Published 1 month ago by M. Com
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
This is the no-fun part of sewing but absolutely essential. Bite the bullet and get the best right up front and save yourself a great deal of aggravation.
Published 4 months ago by T. Reisz
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful
This book excellent resource, but as a resource poorly made. You will need to have it rebound for years of use. Otherwise, you will have loose pages and lost pages. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DawnC.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great diagrams, no index of diagrams
We are using this as a textbook in my fit class. I think the explanations/diagrams regarding specific fit issues are very well done... However, the 75+ diagrams have no index!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Paganini
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
This book is fantastic!!! It has revolutionized my pattern alterations. The book presents 3 different methods to alter a pattern: pivot, slash, and seam. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Claudia Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
great value for anyone into sewing or fitting
im a new self taught in sewing and this book really explain ho to alter and fix pattern for figure variations
only wished... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ohood
5.0 out of 5 stars Every seamstresses to hand guide book
Having been involved in clothing and pattern-making and fit for 30 years, I have been very impressed with how comprehensive this book is. Read more
Published 18 months ago by fashionated
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, poor binding
Due to the high price of this book, it took a while for me to sum up the courage to get it. But get it I did--eventually. Read more
Published 23 months ago by S.G
2.0 out of 5 stars Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach to the Art of...
My comments are aimed at the actual book quaility. All the reference books I have purchased this past year have been of disappointing quaility and require gentle handling. Read more
Published 23 months ago by 5295 Greystone Way
5.0 out of 5 stars Pattern Fitting Guide
New and updated. A necessity in any sewist's library. This book will answer all your fitting issues. The information is concise and easy too understand.
Published on December 14, 2011 by C. Beatty Johnstone
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