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: 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…
Uncover style and silhouette clues from purchased garments.
Learn why patterns don't fit straight out of the envelope, and how to adjust the bust for a smoother, more flattering fit.
Take in or let out the waist at the center-back seam using steps detailed by alterations expert Pamela Howard.
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…
Start with a simple style to learn core design skills.
This easy pattern alteration makes a basic skirt so much more flattering.
Two easy methods for solving a gaping neckline.
Update dolman-sleeve garments by reducing the armhole depth.
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