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First Fitting - no changes

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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 Other
Style Classic
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What materials did you use? Vogue 1004, Fast Track Fitting class and calico

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What are you most proud of? I'm pleased I took the time to do this in the first place!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take the time to watch everything first. At first I was held up with where exactly to make changes but it's more about using your own measurements and attacking the area rather than an exact "2 inches from this point" kind of approach. My only concern now is to know how much ease to add when I'm making my actual garments as this one is very closely fitting. It could be made up in a stretch fabric as is, but with a woven fabric without stretch I would want some ease there and I'm not sure exactly how much to add. I guess that might be a personal preference thing. Joi, I would appreciate any advice you could give me on where to go from here and what changes I could make to this particular first fit.

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Ok so my computer is not pulling the back images larger but I can still comment. Again, the back is the same as the front- near perfect just need those finishing touches, but hurray you do not need to cut it apart add extra etc. . On the lower half you have just a bit of extra length below the waist- probably from pinning yourself, but actually not bad at all. Remove a bit of length below where the darts end. Take a tuck from side seam to side seam and I am guessing about 3/4 inch or convert to mm. That will remove that small amount of extra you see. True up the side seam if necessary. NOTE: this line or tuck does not need to match at the side seam where you do the tuck in the front. They just need to be parallel to the floor. Meeting at the side is not important cause the front is separate from the back and you fullest part of the back may be lower then the fullest part of the front. Upper Back- almost spot on. My picture is small and I see a bit of that excess but it could depend on your posture. We do not want that too tight as that can also add pull lines. I think if you clip your armhole that will relax and possibly give a little ease in your pinning. You can pin out some of that angular stuff too, but in this case I am thinking that it is posture. I will check back to see if I can pull the photo up larger.

08/30/2013 Flag

I thought perhaps I had too much length in the torso at the back. It's so finny to me to realise this because I've always just added an inch to my bodice's figuring I have a long torso - and actually I'm probably high waisted. It's so much better working with your body instead of trying to create the illusion of something it's not.

08/30/2013 Flag

Wow Joi - I so appreciate the time you have taken to comment on my photos. I am really getting this now. I'm about to sew some cigarette pants for my daughter and I'm going to use this method for her as well. In fact, I'm pretty sure this is how I will sew from now on. I think once I've done those small tweaks, it will be perfect and I suspect I should try it on without the unitard so that some of those drag lines will not be there. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I wish that I could come and do a class with you but unfortunately I am on the wrong continent. The next challenge for me will be to apply this method to a pattern that has pieces making up the bodice. I'm guess I have to treat it as a whole to apply the measurements, then take it apart and make the changes. I'll have to play with that. I'm looking forward to better fitting clothes which I have discovered is the basis of looking good. Thanks Joi!

08/30/2013 Flag

Thank you Julliams! Keep me posted. You can customize this however and I hope you will.. I can sum it up as Measure you/Measure your pattern!

08/30/2013 Flag

I have bought this class but is unable to assess it.

10/17/2013 Flag

check with Craftsy on the technical issue

03/19/2014 Flag