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Fitting

  • Fitting a Curvy Figure

    Few sewers have an easy time of getting an ideal garment fit. If your measurements aren’t represented in the patterns you like, you may feel defeated before you begin. However,…

  • Fitting a Pattern: Downloadable Measurement Tables

    These handy tables are the starting point of your pattern-fitting journey.

  • Focus on the Waist

    No matter how close your measurements are to those listed on a pattern’s size chart, you are likely to need some fit adjustments for comfort and appearance. With pants, a…

  • Q&A: Grainline on Pants

    Q: When you’re drafting or fitting a pair of pants, does the center-front seam have to be on the straight grain? Center-back seams are always slightly off-grain, but I’ve seen center-front…

  • Fitting Revelations

    Uncover style and silhouette clues from purchased garments.

  • Fitting a Full Bust

    Learn why patterns don't fit straight out of the envelope, and how to adjust the bust for a smoother, more flattering fit.

  • How to Alter the Back Waist in Pants

    Take in or let out the waist at the center-back seam using steps detailed by alterations expert Pamela Howard.

  • A New Way to Fit Sleeves

    I long for an haute couture sleeve. That is, I crave a sleeve that is custom-fitted to my arm and shoulder and that works within the garment’s armscye. After years—or…

  • How to Drape a Skirt

    Start with a simple style to learn core design skills.

  • Peg a Skirt | Video

    This easy pattern alteration makes a basic skirt so much more flattering.