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My Fitting Shell Adjusted - Flat Pattern

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Alterations needed:Front Bodice

Created in this Craftsy Course

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 Traditional
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What materials did you use? -Tissue for pattern making - Fitting Shell pattern: For Fast-Track class Vogue 1004 ( I used Butterick B5746) -Muslin Fabric for final fitting -Ideally, a dress form made of duct tape with your body shape if you don't have a helper to take your body measurements

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What are you most proud of? After this class with Joi Mahon, I am not afraid of fitting anymore. Finally, after so many years figuring out what areas I need to alter for my unique body shape and type... this visual and organized class really helped. Now I can focus on finishing garments that really fit!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you are new to fitting and understanding commercial pattern alterations, you should take this class and "Sew the Perfect fit" with Linda Maynard. I feel that by having both approaches to pattern fitting opens up your mind and you develop an eye for understanding body proportions, body shapes, and identifying quickly where do you need to add or subtract wether you work on a muslin or on your flat pattern. Craftsy has done a great job designing and organizing this classes. I hope you see the benefits immediately like I did.

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Thank you for showing the skirt adjustment! My bottom pulls all of my hem lines up and this is exactly the kind of change I need for tighter pencil skirts.

08/11/2013 Flag

I too bought Lynda Maynard's class as it became available first. I didn't achieve great outcomes with her method - purely because I don't have a fitting assistant. Now with Joi's method of altering the pattern first, I think I have a fighting chance and I can't wait to get started. I recommend anyone to take both classes. Each method has value. I have learnt so much already from both classes about my body and now I feel so much more confident of achieving a great fit with any garment I tackle in the future.

08/26/2013 Flag

Thanks everyone for the great comments. It is so exciting seeing people not afraid of fitting anymore.

09/19/2013 Flag

Could you give a little more information about the Duct Tape Dress form? I've seen some different directions to make one and was wondering which you used. I also like that yours has arms and a cover of some kind. I've never worked with a dress form but feel that to get a good fit since I don't have a sewing buddy, it would be very helpful.

10/05/2013 Flag

Very helpful! Thanks for posting!

02/15/2014 Flag