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Custom Fitting: Back, Neck, and Shoulders

with Kathleen Cheetham
Learn to adjust any garment to match the curves and lines of your torso with this custom fitting class!

A perfect fit is within your reach! Join instructor Kathleen Cheetham as she teaches you the techniques and tricks to fit any garment across the shoulders, neck and back. You'll learn how perfect shoulder fit improves the all-over look of a garment, how to take patterns in and let them out for a smooth fit across the back, and adjustments for asymmetrical bodies. Five pages of practice patterns and a measurement worksheet are included.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Kathleen & Get Started

  • Meet Kathleen and get started on a journey to better fit. She discusses essential measurements and the importance of a test garment.


Lesson 2. Diagnosing Fit Problems


Lesson 3. Preparing Your Pattern


Lesson 4. Adjusting Standard Pattern Shoulders


Lesson 5. Adjusting Princess-Seamed Shoulders


Lesson 6. Adjusting the Back


Lesson 7. Swayback & Forward-Thrust Shoulders


Lesson 8. Fine-Tuning the Fit

"This is the best class I have taken on Craftsy! I have never been able to make or buy shirts to fit my shoulders. I now feel very confident about making the adjustments needed and I can't wait to get started. Kathleen is a wonderful teacher. I enjoyed listening to her and she made everything so clear and easy to follow. Thanks Kathleen! I can't wait to take more of your classes."
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