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Sew the Perfect Fit

with Lynda Maynard
Sew the Perfect Fit
Fit specialist Lynda Maynard works with three real women and shows you how to customize any pattern to your unique shape. You won't believe how easy it is and how well it works!

Create garments that fit and flatter your form with teacher and author Lynda Maynard. You'll never look at a paper pattern the same way again after watching this info-packed class. Lynda's techniques come to life on dress muslins fitted to three women, each with unique fitting challenges, including sloped shoulders, ample busts and flat backsides. Start by learning to "read" the fit muslin as it points you to the right places to adjust the garment. You'll learn the importance of grain lines and well-placed darts. Watch how adding or subtracting fabric from one area of the dress magically improves the fit somewhere else. Then learn how to transfer your changes from the muslin back to the FREE Vogue dress pattern. The end result: a custom-fit garment tailored perfectly for you!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet sewing teacher and author Lynda Maynard and learn about the Craftsy experience. You'll also get a preview of the included dress pattern, Vogue 8766.


Lesson 2. Getting Started

  • Take measurements on the included worksheet and prepare your pattern. Lynda demonstrates everything on Betsy, Dolly and Rhoda, very different women with unique figure issues.


Lesson 3. Muslin Test Garment

  • Your muslin test garment is the foundation of your perfect fit. Learn how to use thread to mark pattern features and stay-stitch for stability, then stitch the muslin together.


Lesson 4. Fitting Standards

  • What is a perfect fit and how does it apply to real women? Lynda defines fitting standards, explains the role of grain lines, and shows how she assesses fit.


Lesson 5. Neck & Shoulders

  • Dresses hang from the shoulders, so getting them right makes a big difference in fit. Learn to adapt a design to different shapes and sizes of shoulders and back curvatures.


Lesson 6. Upper Body

  • Expertly adjust bust proportions and make length alterations so your dress fits beautifully through the bust and waist. Lynda transfers alterations from the muslin to the paper pattern.


Lesson 7. Lower Body

  • Place the waist and side seams accurately, evaluate the drape of the skirt, and address any body type's lower curves from angular to ample.


Lesson 8. Sleeves

  • Construct comfortable sleeves that fit without distorting the lines of the bodice. Lynda guides you through adjusting the sleeves for upper arm sizes and narrow shoulders.


Lesson 9. Armholes

  • The other side of great-fitting sleeves that sew up beautifully are properly sized and placed armholes and armscyes. Lynda demonstrates on the muslin and paper pattern.


Lesson 10. Truing the Pattern

  • True up the pattern so you can use it again and again. Then make a fresh muslin to double-check all elements of fit. Be sure to post photos of your finished dress!

"This is an amazing class. As an amateur sewer this kind of reignited my passion for making my own clothing. I've always been slightly disappointed in clothing I've made myself (poor fit) and couldn't really see the benefit to continuing with it. After this class, I'm understanding that garment construction is a process....from pattern prep, to muslin prep, to getting the muslin just right. Lynda is very easy to understand and goes really in-depth with all of the necessary prep work and how to fix fitting issues. I feel like all of my future projects will be much more successful after taking this class."
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