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Fitting - Page 2 of 25

  • 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.

  • Remove Excess Fabric from the Neckline | Video

    Two easy methods for solving a gaping neckline.

  • Trim a Dolman Sleeve | Video

    Update dolman-sleeve garments by reducing the armhole depth.