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Good Pants Fitting Book

Elisabeth | Posted in Fitting on

I picked up some second hand sewing books for next to nothing at our local library’s fundraiser sale yesterday. I have so much fun reading now! In the bunch is the Singer Sewing Pants That Fit. This book has great color photographs of real people in pants with the various fitting problems. They found people with flat seats, full high hips, knock knees, etc. and put them in “regular” pants and took excellent pictures which show exactly how the pants look when they don’t fit. Much better than line drawings for me.

The sections on understanding fit and pattern alterations are very clear and seem to cover all the information I have gathered over the last year on my own pants fitting adventure. And the large clear photos at every step are the best. This book is so seldom mentioned here in our pants fitting discussions and I think it really deserves some raving about.


  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    You're right, this is an excellent book. So is the other Singer book, "The Perfect Fit", which addresses other issues than pants. They are usually the first books I check when faced with a fitting problem.....the photographs truly do make everything so clear.

    1. ElonaM | | #2

      These two books are jewels. They're my mainstays, and I'll never get rid of them, because every now and then, some problem comes up when I'm sewing, and I think, "Where did I see that covered?" And by golly, it will be in one of those two.

      1. Elisabeth | | #3

        I picked up The Perfect Fit at the sale too and I see the same super clear photos of important points. Are these books out of print? Singer needs to know that we still need these books!

        1. ElonaM | | #5

          I googled the title and came up with three hits: Powells.com, ebay, and biblio.com

  2. MarshaK | | #4

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I agree with you that the Singer books Sewing Pants That Fit and The Perfect Fit are great sources of information with their clear close-up photos. Actually, all the books in this series are, I don't know how many different titles there are, but I have 17. My favorites are Sewing For Style, Sewing Lingerie, Sewing Actionwear, Creative Sewing Ideas, well, I like all of them.  I would recommend these books to anyone, especially beginner sewers. And those of us who have been sewing for many years and are starting to forget what we learned way back! I don't know if these books are still available, occasionally I see some in the book store or at a sewing machine dealer.


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