Sandra Betzina has done it again. She has written an instant classic.
In Fast Fit, the host of HGTVs Sew Perfect and author of Power Sewing Step-by-Step offers innovative, simple, and straightforward approaches to sewing clothing with the best possible fit, and ultimately, the most flattering look.
In her trademark lively and accessible manner, Betzina makes the process of pattern-altering fun. Whether you are small or tall, thin or plus-sized, short-waisted or long-limbed, Betzina isolates the particular pattern problem and walks you through simple, step-by-step answers. No math. No theories. Just solutions.
'[Sandra Betzina] is certainly one of the most respected sewing authorities.'
-- Detroit Free Press
'Sandra has been teaching America to sew for almost 20 years and has given us the tools for fast, professional results that eliminate the 'homemade' look.'
- Additional Information
Table Of Contents INTRODUCTION
PART 1 FITTING FACTS
1. Fitting Basics
What Is Good Fit?
Your Body Measurements
Buying the Right Size
Taking Flat Pattern Measurements
The Fitting Shell
Pretesting a Pattern
2. All about Alterations
Sequence for Pattern Alterations
Where to Begin
Altering Multisize Patterns
Upsizing and Downsizing
PART 2 PROBLEM AREAS
3. The Length
4. The Back
Swayback or Down-Sloping Back Waistline
Round Upper Back
Full Back High Hip
5. The Shoulders
6. The Sleeves
Large Upper Arms
Forward Arm Tilt
7. The Neckline
Thick or Thin Neck
8. The Bust and Upper Body
High or Low Bust
Full Bust Gaposis
The Rounded Body
Buttoning over a Large Tummy
Narrow Upper Chest
9. Pants and Skirts
Rising Front Waistline
Big Tummy, Skinny Legs
Tight across the Middle
Full Thighs, Pants
Full Thighs, Dresses, and Skirts
Intro No matter what our age, every body has distinctive bumps, lumps, and hollows. These bodily features are just one of the things that make us unique -- but sometimes they can also present a challenge, especially when it comes to making garments that fit properly.
This book offers some innovative -- and usually easy -- adjustments to help you sew clothing with the best possible fit and, ultimately, the most flattering look.
There are many ways to alter a pattern. Consider pattern alterations an insurance policy for proper fitting. Fast Fit is full of the techniques that I have found successful and easy to do. Through lots of experimentation (which I've always been a big fan of) and the guidance of this book, you'll find yourself sewing up a storm of garments that will soon become favorites--clothes that fit are clothes you love!
Of course, my methods aren't the only ones that work. There are several fitting books on the market that use other fitting methods, and they may go into more detail for your particular problem. Here are some of them:
- Pattern Making by the Flat Pattern Method, by Norma Hollen and Carolyn Kundel
- The Art of Sewing -- A Custom Fit, by Shirley Smith
- Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach, by Elizabeth Liechty, Delia Pottberg, and Judith Rasband
- Bodymapping: The Step-by-Step Guide to Fitting Real Bodies, by Kathy Illian
- Sewing for Plus Sizes, by Barbara Deckert
ISBN 978-1-56158-649-3 Video No Author Sandra Betzina Publication Year 2003 Dimensions 6-1/2 x 10-7/8 Pages 256 Photo color photos Drawings and drawings Other Formats No Cover Paperback
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