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Map Your Body and Compare it to a Standard Pattern

To get the correct fit, you've got to be able to determine the difference between your measurements and those of the pattern you're sewing with.

Your body is unique. In order to get the fit you need, you’ve got to be able to map your body and determine the difference between your measurements and those of the pattern you’re starting with.
To map your body, you’ll begin with essential body measurements. These typically include your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Most patterns include these measurements on the back of the pattern envelope, or on a sheet in the downloadable instructions if you are working with a digitally delivered PDF pattern that you tape together.

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…

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