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Fast-Track Fitting

with Joi Mahon
Fast-Track Fitting
Designer Joi Mahon shows how to measure yourself and alter a pattern before you sew a stitch. Save time and fabric by getting your fitting done first!

Using the included Vogue pattern, you'll learn how to alter your flat pattern pieces from top to bottom. You'll love making commercial patterns fit you perfectly without multiple muslin fittings. Joi shares her industry-insider knowledge with a fun, friendly and easy-to-follow teaching style that will give you the confidence to tackle fit – without having fits!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Measurement & Fit Basics

  • Meet your instructor, Joi Mahon, learn about the pattern you'll be using, key measurement basics and measuring protocol.


Lesson 2. Measuring the Torso

  • Begin by measuring the torso, taking key horizontal and vertical measurements to transfer to your pattern.


Lesson 3. Vertical Torso Adjustments

  • Armed with the measurements you need, you'll make adjustments to your paper pattern for the perfect fit through the bust. Joi will show how to alter the lines of your pattern both front and back to get the curves just right.


Lesson 4. Horizontal Torso Adjustments

  • Your pattern will fit you to a "T" across the bust, back and middle after you make your horizontal adjustments with Joi's guidance.


Lesson 5. Measuring the Lower Body

  • Get all the key measurements for the lower body, including waist, hips and abdomen.


Lesson 6. Vertical Lower Body Measurements

  • Make your garments longer or shorter in all the key areas by adding to or subtracting from your pattern. Joi shows you how!


Lesson 7. Horizontal Lower Body Measurements

  • Get the perfect fit in waist, abdomen and hip by letting out or taking in your pattern pieces.


Lesson 8. Measuring the Arm

  • If you're particular about the fit and length of your sleeves, you'll be pleased to learn how to get the measurements you'll need to adjust your pattern to your liking.


Lesson 9. The Sleeve Pattern

  • Take those arm measurements and get the perfect fit on your sleeves!


Lesson 10. The Final Fit

  • Now that your pattern is adjusted on paper, it's time to sew up a muslin and tweak the final fit. Once you've transferred those last adjustments back to the pattern, you'll have a master template from which to design your own perfectly fitting garments!

"I thoroughly enjoyed this class and have learned a LOT! Joi is very patient and thoroughly answers any questions. I watched the entire video and have gone back to the beginning to watch it again - I am about halfway through (the second round). I am finding that things are even clearer the second go-round. I would suggest watching the entire course at least twice, especially for those finding it difficult to follow. Her approach makes perfect sense! Thanks, Joi!"
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