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Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach to the Art of Style Selection, Fitting, and Alteration 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1563677830
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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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books; 2 edition (July 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563677830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563677830
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By NuJoi VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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