Sewing Pattern Alteration and Fitting Articles

The Best Articles to Learn About Pattern Alterations and Fitting Solutions

Pants Fronts
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The most challenging part of sewing a garment is that you can't try it on until after it is sewn... and it's not as simple as hitting the shelf for another size if it doesn't fit when you're done sewing. Learn what you can do before you even choose a pattern and what to do to make a pattern work for you by reading these articles. Success is in your future with just a little time and patience.

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    This PDF file from the University of New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service is a wealth of information to understanding what and where to take your measurements so you can sew your own pants that fit.

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    New Mexico State University offers this great information to help you choose a sewing pattern that will meet your sewing desires. Learn how and what to measure and what to consider when choosing a pattern.

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    This is a not-to-be-missed PDF file of information from the University of New Mexico Cooperative Extension. This article is the solution to when, how and where to make pattern adjustments and understanding those pattern adjustments.

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    This article takes you through making shoulder adjustments to a sewing pattern. "Good shoulder fit improves the overall finished garment appearance, as well as your wearing comfort." is just the tip of the iceberg for dealing with fitting shoulders.

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    Explore this Threads Magazine article to understand making pattern alterations on seam lines.The techniques described in this article may be the perfect solution for you, even if other methods have failed.

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    Pattern Drafting Software is a great way to design your own patterns that will fit... if you understand the information you must feed tot he software. Learn about the amount of ease you will want to tell the software you want in a garment by reading this article.

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    This article has easy to follow, photo details to understand the alterations you need to make a pattern piece to adjust for a narrow back.

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    You can alter a pattern for a rounded upper back. Follow this Thread's Magazine article to learn more.

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    Starting with the correct size pattern saves you alterations that you can avoid and ends with a well-fitted garment. This Threads Magazine article will give you the information you need to choose the correct size pattern for the garment you are going to sew.

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    You know what you buy at the store fits because you try it on when it's already sewn. This Threads Magazine article includes printable charts to help you use the clothing you know fits, to choose patterns and garments that will fit when you are done sewing them.

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    When you talk to someone who has sewn or you read an advanced sewing book, you are bound to hear or read "Pattern grading". Don't let the term scare you. Learn how to change one pattern into many sizes with this article and be sure to read Quick Reference for Cut-and-Spread Pattern Grading afterward so you have all the details.

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    Do you want to alter every pattern you touch or do you want to have a basic pattern to work from? Read this Threads Magazine article, to learn more about making a basic sloper... and what a sloper is.

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    If the bodice doesn't fit, don't expect the armhole or shoulder to fit the way it should. Learn about bodice alterations and why it affects the armhole with the great Threads Magazine article.

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    Everyone wants Jeans that fit... and this article will guide you to that goal. It may even help you have other slacks that have a proper fit.

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    Buying a bra that fits is not always an option. Sewing your own bra that you know will fit is an option.

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    Altering Women's Ready-to-Wear and Altering Men's Ready-to-Wear

    Ready to wear clothing would be perfect if everyone were identical and cookie cutter sizes. Since humans are individuals, these books can help you understand and make the changes you need.

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    Properly sewn darts are an essential to a well-finished garment. Sewing them correctly is the first step to a dart laying properly.

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    You don't have to be plus-size or sew plus-size to learn things from this wonderful article by Threads magazine. It contains all kinds of information about choosing fabric and how to decide if underling or lining is needed.