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Fitting: Key Pattern Adjustments

Apr 05, 2017

Evamarie Gomez-Bostic and Carol Fresia; Videographer: Jeff Roos

In the video Fitting: Key Pattern Adjustments, Judith Neukam walks you through two important pattern alterations that can simplify the fitting process. Judith shows you how to create a template of your shoulder slope and transfer the changes to your pattern. She also demonstrates how taking the right length measurements can make all the difference in a well-fitting garment.

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  1. CalebsGran April 11th

    I find Judith's videos on fitting adjustment so helpful. All her videos are great. I have been sewing for years but believe my techniques have greatly improved. Thank Judith.

  2. Topstitch April 11th

    Thank you for this video. One clarification please:
    The fitting problem demonstrated at the beginning of the video and the pattern used during the adjustment process required opposite adjustments. (The t-shirt worn at the beginning needs to have the shoulder slope lowered, not raised in order to remove the extra fabric causing the pucker)?

  3. CarolFresia April 18th

    Hi, Topstitch.
    The fitting problem Judith shows on the T-shirt is actually just incidental--she commented on it because the model happened to be wearing a purchased top that showed a fit problem through the shoulder wrinkles.

    The adjustment she demonstrates is to a different design, a basic dress pattern. On the dress pattern, the shoulder slope needs to be raised. If she were working with the t-shirt pattern, the slope might need to be lowered, as you note. (In reality, on a RTW garment like that it would probably be easiest to just pop a thin shoulder pad in on the model's lower shoulder, to even the shoulders.)

    Sorry for any confusion!
    Carol Fresia
    Threads Senior Technical Editor

  4. user-6825490 April 21st

    People have watched videos and are commenting can even watch anything. What this, am tired of the site it so on stable, don't see benefits of subscribe if this what I get

  5. MakingitWork May 28th

    I would have liked to see this but the video is not available. Why??? Why have a membership that I PAID FOR if I can not take advantage of the promised instructions. I am very disappointed.

  6. Solara75is June 3rd

    I cannot access the video even though I have a membership. Where is the link?

  7. JeanetteL June 9th

    For those of you who couldn't get the video, perhaps your problem is the same as mine. I got a pop-up that said I need to update my Flash player.

  8. User avater Sewmarj August 11th

    and now a video showing an adjustment to actually LOWER the seam please.
    Also - what about the side seam ? Doesn't the adjustment add or substract length that will change the dart and/or bust point?

  9. User avater Sewmarj August 11th

    Judy is great at explaining and demonstrating- as always. It's a problem I actually have - shoulder slope - so Im serious about another video, PLEASE

  10. Marthamm October 4th

    Judith's videos are so clear. They make me want to start sewing clothing again.

  11. user-7451282 May 19th

    I am confused about how far down the center front line I need to slide it. On mine it seems like I need to slide it way further than the neckline

  12. SewCypress August 15th

    I liked the idea of drawing the shoulders on a paper taped to the wall. And thanks for the measurement demo. She knows what she’s doing so I’ll do it her way. Elastic at the waist from now on. No more winging it unless I happen to be sewing for an angel.

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