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Instant Fit Check

Mar 28, 2013
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Trace your shoulder slope directly on the surface of your cutting mat with a permanent marker.

Flip your cutting mat and check that shape! When the shoulder slope on a pattern doesn’t match your body, it can throw
the fit way off. To simplify sewing bodices, I just traced my shoulder slope on the back of my cutting mat. Every time
I open a new pattern, I can easily flip my mat over, check the shoulder slope, and make needed adjustments.

This system works so well that I also copied my favorite necklines and the shapes of loose-fitting T-shirts. I used a permanent felt-tip marker and copied along the pattern seamlines.

NOTE: To make your tracing even more useful, you can also copy the bust point and waistline for reference.

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  1. Hunny October 22nd

    BBBBrilliant!! What a superb idea! Thank you for sharing your (always) innovative out-of-the-box strategies.

  2. Carly_Sue April 25th

    I will have someone help do this tracing on me. I hadn't ever seen this done before. I can see why it is so important that the shoulder slope is just right in order for garments to hang right. Thanks

  3. User avater RedPointTailor April 10th

    Great idea. I have made my basic body pattern for upper body and skirt. Anytime I have new pattern I first check with this basics. It works as well good.

  4. User avater AdaSharon April 4th

    Great Idea. Judith you truly are an inspiration for us.

  5. User avater eemaw March 29th


    Great idea, but how did you trace the shape without distortion?


  6. donnaei June 6th

    What a terrific idea! I have sloping shoulders, this suggestion I can put to use right away!

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