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Fitting

  • How to Get Your Pants to Fit Better at the Back Leg

    Alterations expert Pamela Howard walks through her go-to method of removing excess fabric from back trouser legs to improve the fit of ready-to-wear or hand-sewn pants.

  • Patternmaker Liesl Gibson Designs with Fit in Mind | Episode 28

    Garment pattern designer Liesl Gibson says she thinks about the fit whenever she creates a new pattern. In Episode 28 of Sewing With Threads, the founder and chief designer of…

  • How to Alter Sewing Patterns for Better Fit

    Over several decades of making custom clothing, I’ve learned a lot about garment fitting. Many of my favorite techniques were taught by Roberta Carr and published in her book, Couture:…

  • Q&A: Locating the Waistline

    Q: I’m planning to make some fitting adjustments to a pattern, but the waistline is not marked on it. How do I determine where the waistline is on the pattern?…

  • Add Subtle Shaping to Straight Garments

    Contoured seams, darts, or tucks can add subtle shaping to home-sewn or ready-to-wear garments. Alterations expert Pamela Howard shows you how to apply these three fitting solutions.

  • 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.