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Custom Fitting: Waist & Hips

with Kathleen Cheetham
Master flat pattern adjustments for skirts and pants that make you look and feel your best. Cater to any figure variation with custom fitting for the waist, tummy, hips and seat.

Join patternmaking pro Kathleen Cheetham as she takes you step-by-step through measuring and making flat pattern adjustments for comfortable, flattering pants and skirts. Learn to slash and pivot patterns for a smooth fit in the abdomen. Adjust patterns for hips that are low, high, narrow, wide, asymmetrical or anything in-between. Use accessible techniques to customize patterns for your thighs, and make adjustments for a perfect fit in the seat area. You'll even learn how to adjust patterns for swayback posture. Finally, Kathleen will help you refine darts or add extras for a waistline designed with you in mind. Make every pair of pants and skirt you sew a wardrobe staple with custom fitting techniques! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Kathleen Cheetham, and discover the types of alterations you'll learn how to make on commercial patterns to get the perfect fit in skirts and pants.


Lesson 2. Pattern Sizing & Crotch Depth


Lesson 3. Hip Adjustments


Lesson 4. Adjusting the Tummy


Lesson 5. Adjusting the Seat


Lesson 6. Refining the Waist

Praise for Kathleen Cheetham's earlier Custom Fitting class, Custom Fitting: Back, Neck & Shoulders:

"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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