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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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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Traditional, Funky, Cute, Whimsical, Classic
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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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Hello thank you for that very good advice. Never thought about putting boning in. I may try that when I eventually get around to making something similar to your dress. I have to get the right fitting for myself. I have a H cup bust, and I do find it difficult to try and alter the patterns to fit. I am currently attending a sewing class here in England, but the tutor makes blocks, rather than altering a commercial pattern. I still find it quite intimidating, but hopefully I will succeed.

03/14/2015 Flag

Go to my blog at and see some of the things I have made. Also, email me and I can give you some suggestions on how to use your block to alter patterns. I use my block regularly to check and alter patterns.

03/14/2015 Flag

Thank you, I will have a look. At the moment it is Mothers Day here in England, and I will be going out shortly, so perhaps tomorrow. It will be really helpful for me, and please let me know what your name is, best wishes Val.

03/15/2015 Flag


03/15/2015 Flag

Sorry. I'm Andrea.

03/15/2015 Flag

Love the dress. Plan to take the course. sue

07/08/2015 Flag

This beautiful dress fits you perfectly - which is the whole point, right? Great job to be proud of!

07/16/2016 Flag