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Fit the Circumference

Fitting the body's circumferences is a more complicated topic than basic fitting, but there are resources to help you learn this sewing skill.

In this video by Threads, learn how fitting for a circumference is a more complicated topic than basic fitting, but here are some resources to help you with it.

The circumference is the distance or measurement around. In the case of body measurements, circumferences are vital to the process of selecting a pattern size. Most ready-to-wear clothing sizes, as well as pattern size selection for women is based on circumferential bust, waist, and hip measurements.

This video will explain how you can begin adjusting patterns for proper circumference fitting.

This detailed tutorial is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.


Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.

Advancing your skills

When you’re ready to challenge yourself further, tune in to Judith’s overview of couture garments and sewing techniques. Even if…

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About This Video Series

Teach Yourself to Sew, Season 5 will provide you with what you need to know before cutting your fabric. Good planning is fundamental and that's what you'll learn to do. Follow along as former Threads Executive Editor Judith Neukam walks you through lessons on how to take and chart your measurements, find the right pattern size, check the pattern against your body before you start, and establish your preferred fit. These lessons are designed to turn beginners into discriminating sewers.

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