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Choose the Correct Pattern Size

Choose the Correct Pattern Size

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You can't rely on your ready-to-wear size when selecting a pattern size. Your best bet is to record your basic body measurements and refer to them when it's time to buy your pattern.

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To Judge a Pattern, Start with Its Cover

To Judge a Pattern, Start with Its Cover

It's critical to evaluate the fit and style of any pattern before you sew it. This crash course tells you what to look for.

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A Figure-Flattering Tee

A Figure-Flattering Tee

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Learn how to make a custom-fit surplice top that elongates the body and slims the waist.

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Easy Pleated Skirts

Easy Pleated Skirts

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Learn how to make wash-proof pleats from drip-dry fabrics. Best of all, no pattern is required.

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Drape a Skirt Sloper

Drape a Skirt Sloper

Learn how to turn seams and darts into useful fitting and design tools.

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How to Measure Up

How to Measure Up

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Use our printable measurement chart and instructions to guide you through the process of taking and recording accurate body measurements

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Sewing Lingerie that Fits: Fitting and Creating Patterns

Sewing Lingerie that Fits: Fitting and Creating Patterns

Simple shapes, lingerie fabrics that stretch, and a lot of built-in roominess make fitting lingerie less of a headache than "serious" garments.

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To Fit Your Body, Measure Your Clothes

To Fit Your Body, Measure Your Clothes

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Printable measurement charts for the clothes you like to wear most can tell you exactly how to fit garments you make.

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Video: Making and Using a Muslin

Video: Making and Using a Muslin

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Sarah Veblen shows you how to use a sample garment to get an exact fit from any pattern.

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The Merits of a Basic Fitting Pattern

The Merits of a Basic Fitting Pattern

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Learn how to use a sloper to simplify altering commercial patterns.

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Tapering or Widening Pants

Tapering or Widening Pants

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Tapering and Widening pants involves more than just adjusting the leg seams; learn how to make a custom fit.

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To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice

To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice

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Learn how to successfully fit an armhole by using a muslin; Adjust bust, back, and shoulder—and your armhole almost takes care of itself.

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Quick Reference for Cut-and-Spread Pattern Grading

Quick Reference for Cut-and-Spread Pattern Grading

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To grade a pattern so it will fit different sizes, refer to the drawings and instructions and the two charts that follow.

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Making Sense of Pattern Grading

Making Sense of Pattern Grading

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If you want to use a too-small (or too-big) pattern, you need to know the way garments differ in proportion from one size to another.

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Everyone Can Have Jeans that Fit

Everyone Can Have Jeans that Fit

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Learn how to alter the pattern of your jeans for a customized fit.

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The Bra Dilemma Solved

The Bra Dilemma Solved

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Once you select your style and perfect the fit, you can sew your own custom bra again and again.

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Grade Your Pants for a Perfect Fit

Grade Your Pants for a Perfect Fit

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If you've succeeded sizing your pattern to make a pair of pants that fit, you can record your changes on these downloadable planning sheets.

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Paper-Tape Dress Form

Paper-Tape Dress Form

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A paper-tape dress form is the easiest and cheapest of all.

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Molded Papier-Mâché Form

Molded Papier-Mâché Form

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For an exact replica of your body, make a molded papier-mâché dress form.

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Close-Fit Duct-Tape Dress Form

Close-Fit Duct-Tape Dress Form

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This take on the duct-tape method for making a dress form is a bit more difficult than our quick and easy method but provides a closer fit.

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