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Torso 101: Fitting the Torso

Thank you for joining us for Torso 101, where you will learn why fitting the torso is the key element in fitting the upper body. Join former Threads Magazine Editor in Chief, Amber Eden and perennial fan favorite Judith Neukam as she gives you the knowledge you’ll need for beginning your project.

The torso is the bridge between the body parts. It connects your head and your arms and your legs together. It’s a key element in fitting.

Today we’re going to be talking about the torso from the neck to the waist. Before you can start fitting, you need to see how you look and how you measure up.

Some people start the process with a camera, meaning they set up the camera with a tripod and they use mirrors to get a good look at the back and side. From there, they analyze for problems in fit.

That’s an excellent way of getting a third eye view of how you look.

Other people use a video camera to record their garment fit.

For more of this look into fitting the torso, and learn about starting eith the right measurements, watch the video.

We are glad you found our second Project Guide, “Fit and Sew Tops”. This particular chapter focuses on basic torso adjustments. Additional articles and videos in this chapter include lessons on learning to fit the bust, learning to fit your waist and hips, and learning to fit your arms. We hope you will continues to follow along with the rest of the chapter to keep growing your skills. Stay tuned for more articles!


Judith Neukam, former executive editor and now a contributing editor at Threads, has been sewing for 60 years. She created and starred in all the Teach Yourself to Sew DVDs and has directed DVDs…

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