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Video: How to Fit Yourself with Sarah Veblen, Part 2 – Fitting the Back

Mather Dolph and Carol Fresia; Gary Junken

Fitting the back can be a challenge when you’re going solo. The good news is, Sarah Veblen is here to help.

Working on Fitting the Back

Fitting your back without the help of a sewing buddy can be a challenge. To help you get your desired fit, fitting expert and Threads contributor Sarah Veblen demonstrates how to fit your back with the help of two mirrors and marking tools. Sarah even dispenses advice for those of you who have helpers. Watch Part 2 of this three-part video tutorial, How to Fit Yourself, for more self-fitting advice.

You’ll want to keep going with the series and watch How to Fit Yourself with Sarah Veblen, Part 3 where she looks at how to use cameras and smartphones.

Watch the How to Fit Yourself Three-Part Tutorial

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Sarah Veblen is dedicated to promoting all aspects of garment sewing, from construction to fit, patternmaking, and design.

Sarah’s extensive knowledge of fitting and garment making comes from decades of creating custom clothing for her clientele. She specializes in fit, innovative pattern design, and quality construction. She now primarily teaches, and her focus continues to be on helping women create a wardrobe that is comfortable and compatible with their lifestyle.

Sarah has authored many articles and publications on sewing and design, including her books, The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting and First Time Garment Fitting, and writes her own occasional blog. Sarah has made a series of instructional fitting DVDs, produced by Threads, on skirt and bodice fitting and on making stylistic changes to a master pattern.

Sarah has a Certificate in Fashion Design from Baltimore City Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She is an active member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (ASDP), the American…


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  1. Sew_Ridiculous | | #1

    Yikes! You recommended in this video the use of a sharpie marker to mark areas of the back needing alterations that you can't reach to pin? Why would you suggest using a permanent marking tools? If the mark is not correct or if you are letting out the seam, the marker would be complete visible.

    There are a large number of marking tools that are not permanent that you could recommend using here.

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