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Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure Paperback – September 1, 2003
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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.
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I often refer to her ease charts that tell how many inches each area of a garment should measure beyond the body measurement. She includes suggestions for how to modify knit patterns for woven fabric (i.e. where to add extra ease to make up for the loss of stretch). She directs you through taking body measurements, altering a fitting shell, making measurements on the flat pattern, comparing your pattern to clothes in your closet and making a pretest garment. Throughout the book there are little windows with helpful fitting tips, e.g. "To make length adjustments, alter both above and below the knee--not just at the pants bottom--to preserve the integrity of the pants or skirt style." There are also little workshop sections thoughout the book with special features, like "Adding Pleats," "Duplicating Pants You Love," "Creating a Princess Seam" (on a pattern where there was none), and "Sleeve Swap" for using sleeve designs from other patterns.Read more ›
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I have read quite a bit of this book and feel that there are quite a few hints and instruction that I will use when I sew. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mamajann
Great book. I'm a sewer and I try to fit myself. It explained to me what I needed to do to get a perfect fit.Published 4 months ago by Elaine G.
I am a beginning sewer (ist?) and need to alter pretty much every pattern I use. This is the best book I have purchased on how to do that. Directions are clear. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deb Putney