Mark Your MeasurementsKnow all the steps to properly mark your measurements and start the fitting process.
Before you select a pattern size to sew, it is important to mark your measurements. Pattern companies, sewing books, pattern design software, and other sewing resources will generally ask for a common set of measurements. Knowing all the steps to properly take and mark your measurements is a crucial part of the fitting process.
To make measuring easier, you’ll need a few simple notions, such as narrow elastic, to “mark” body landmarks like the natural waistline. Watch the video to see exactly what you need to mark your measurements and complete a simple body measurement chart, linked below. Once you have the chart filled out, it will be a handy reference you can use to choose or refine patterns.
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.
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 you never intend to become the next Coco Chanel, you’ll learn methods that add quality to your everyday wardrobe. Find out how to perfectly match stripes, plaids, and prints; baste seams; and insert underlinings and linings.
Finally, Judith shares the basics of pattern fitting and adjustment. Her method begins at the shoulders, ensuring the garment hangs properly. Follow along as Judith shows how to create a shoulder template that you can use again and again to adjust patterns before cutting the fabric. As a bonus, you’ll even learn how to create a custom dress form so you can fit garments on a body that truly represents your true body shape.
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