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How to Make the Clothes You Want to Fit the Way You Want | Video

Learn how to lengthen patterns to fit your body.

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It’s unlikely a pattern’s length will be perfect for you right off the shelf, so here’s how to alter a pattern’s length to make clothes fit. You may have a long or a short torso, or long arms or legs. In addition to circumference, length is another direction in pattern fitting. With this tutorial, you’ll see exactly how patterns are designed to be altered in length. The process is relatively easy, as most patterns have been designed with specific lengthen and shorten lines for adjustment.

This detailed tutorial is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.


Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.

Advancing your skills

When you’re ready to challenge yourself further, tune in to Judith’s overview of couture garments and sewing techniques. Even…

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