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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 Editor in Chief Amber Eden and perennial fan favorite Judith Neukam as they give you the knowledge you’ll need for beginning your project.

The torso plays a key role

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.

In this video, we talk about the torso from the neck to the waist. Before you can start fitting yourself, you need to see how you look and how you measure up.

Tools to help with fitting

Some people start the process with a camera, meaning they set up a 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 a closer look at fitting the torso, and more specifically about starting with the right measurements, watch the video.

This video is part of the Fit and Sew Tops project guide. While this installment focuses on basic torso adjustments, additional articles and videos in this first chapter also include lessons on learning to fit the bust, the waist and hips, and the arms. We hope you will continue to follow along with the rest of the chapter to keep developing 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 hosted all the Teach Yourself to Sew…

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