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Fast-Track Fitting taught by Joi Mahon

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!

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Whimsical, Classic, Cute, Traditional, Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Muslin for the fitting shell. Linen for the final dress.

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What are you most proud of? After trying all sorts of fitting techniques I have become more increasingly comfortable with flat pattern adjustments with final tweaking in the muslin stage. I am most proud of my persistency to apply Joi Mahons techniques to a very difficult pattern.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? My advice would be to not give in to other schools of thought while practicing this form of fitting. Give this a chance to work before resulting to combining too many different techniques from others. Time will come to do those others.

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great you are getting there. You know how you pinned out the sway back, do the same horizontal pinning in the side front panels about he waist area. They will be small tucks that may not be perfectly parallel to the floor, but you can get those tiny wrinkles out very easy for a really flat fit! Sewers skip that stuff between the seams, but it makes a difference. I agree to shift the princess seam over maybe not quite to the x because that will narrow the front, but maybe 3/4inch so it sits facing forward. that will narrow across the front for a more narrow or slimming/ less widening line.

07/06/2013 Flag

The pattern actually has the bust seam off center like that. The bra pattern pieces would have to be redesigned. That would be a challenge, however I will attempt it. Look at the picture of the bra pattern pieces and advise on how you would attempt it if you can on this platform. As for the from pulling, I added more to the side seams at the hips and thighs and those drag lines relaxed.

07/07/2013 Flag

Hello Joi, the final dress is uploaded. It took a long time, because I had gained weight by the time I finished the dress. Thanks for your help.

04/08/2014 Flag

Bravo! You've done a great job with this and have given me inspiration to "get on with it"! Please post when you have it made in the fashion fabric!

07/12/2013 Flag

Thanks for the following, you should now be able to see the final version of the dress.

04/08/2014 Flag

Outstanding! Really, you can & should be so proud of what you have accomplished with this pattern. Did you get the bra cups redesigned? I have an idea about that.

07/19/2013 Flag

Thanks for the comments. I'm sorry it took so long. Yes, I did redesign the bra cups. Please see my final post.

04/08/2014 Flag

Fits really nice! Good job.

08/22/2013 Flag

Thanks Miss Cara, the the final dress is up for viewing.

04/08/2014 Flag

I wanted to thank Joi for the information I learned in this class. After such a long while getting the final fitting to you, I must admit, that by the time I left for my vacation, I couldn't wear the dress because of weight gain. So, after some time, I was able to finally fit into the dress and model it for you all. The fitting techniques are good to know, especially when working with a strapless dress. Please enjoy. Thanks, Andrea

04/08/2014 Flag