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The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Veblen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Here is the ultimate reference for fitting test garments and transferring accurate adjustments to patterns! No matter what size or shape you are, wearing garments that fit perfectly makes you look and feel better. Rather than making commonly accepted changes to a commercial pattern, the method presented in this guide focuses on the way a test garment fits the body. The fabric is manipulated to improve the fit, and then those specific changes are made to the pattern. The result: patterns that fit perfectly!

With The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, you'll learn:

- The importance of a fitting axis and how to use it during a fitting

- How to recognize fitting issues, such as drag lines and folds

- How to manipulate fabric to solve common and unusual fitting problems

- How to transfer the fitting changes to your pattern easily

- Basic pattern-making skills to ensure accurate alterations

See the fitting process from start to finish on basic garments, fitted on real people. Then follow fitting solutions on different body types. The lessons you learn will help you fit any body. 



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Among the many topics in this book, Sarah discusses taking your measurements, creating muslins to test the design, transferring the changes to flat patterns, and making adjustments to the pattern. --PatternReview Blog, February 2012

Sarah has designed this as a visual step-by-step guide to fitting so that you can see in great detail exactly what is happening with each adjustment. --PatternReview Blog, February 2012

See the fitting process from start to finish on basic garments, fitted on real people. Then follow fitting solutions on different body types. The lessons you learn will help you fit any body. It is very easy to read, and the directions are extremely clear and concise. --Faye's Sewing Adventure Blog, February 10, 2012

About the Author

Sarah Veblen is a custom fashion designer who focuses on teaching, creating clothing for her clientele, patternmaking and design consultation for young designers, and writing in several venues. Dedicated to promoting the craft of clothing design and construction at all levels, Sarah teaches in her studio as well as other classroom venues and PatternReview.com. She has been a guest lecturer at PACC/ASDP chapter events and national educational conferences.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17194 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X0Z47K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 4 Mar. 2013
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I spent £90 at a local college on a dressmaking and tailoring course. I should have saaved my money and bought this book much earlier as I learned more from it than I did on my course. I think this book would suit beginners and those with intermediate dressmaking skills.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow 2 Jan. 2013
By FF
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This ia a great book for anyone who needs to make changes to commercial patterns to fit their own body shape. It has lots of hints and tips. I have teacher who normally fits me but if she is not available I can now do this with a friend. the instructions are easy to follow for beginners and intermediate sewers
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reference book 8 Jun. 2013
By Kaz1250
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An interesting reference book, well illustrated with step by step photographs rather than illustrations. Because it's a book on fitting, I like the fact that it doesn't use model-like women. Just women of all shapes and ages.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly 'complete' 10 Jan. 2014
By Anna
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This book certainly has a lot of photos, and plenty of pictures of good/poor fitting. The author does have a very particular style though - make muslins over and over again (she says she averages 3-5 per garment) until you get a good fit! I don't know about other home sewers, but this certainly isn't practical for me - I wanted a reference that explained how to get it right the first time, and this book doesn't cover that.

I was also disappointed that a number of subjects I would have expected in a 'complete' guide were entirely missing:
- Tips for making adjustments to already existing garments
- Any kind of fabric-related considerations (bias cut garments, stretch, etc), and how to modify patterns to suit fabrics they were not originally intended for
- Male clothing of any kind (despite several of the acknowledgements being for male sewers)
- Pointers for fitting yourself beyond 'ask a friend' (the book focuses almost exclusively on fitting 'customers')
- Using interfacing/boning/padding to add structure/definition (the only structural item mentioned was shoulder pads - lots of)
- Photos of finished garments showing the effect of particular decisions/recommendations (though there were line-drawings)
- Fitting considerations related to fastenings (zips, buttons, clasps)
- Drawing up patterns from a garment that you know fits well
- The explanation of the relationship between a muslin and a flat pattern could have done with more explaining than 'if you mark it up carefully, it works'

Instead, the book is structured in the form of a basic introductory section, followed by a number of 'case studies' where all of the steps and adjustments for fitting a particular garment to a particular body type are described.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet 26 Aug. 2012
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This is one of the best books I have seen for creating a really good fit. For perfectionists. One needs a lot of patience to achieve a really good fit but this book will give you all the information you need.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me with my client work 26 Jan. 2014
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As a designer who has more vision than technical knowledge, this book packed with clear instructions and visuals helped me to create a perfect fit for a men's jacket that had darts and a mandarin collar. I high recommend this book because nothing is worse than a beautiful design which fits really poorly. You need this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it 10 July 2014
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This is the book to get if you want the perfect fitted garment. It sets out a process from pattern to toile to pattern again. From now on I shall make all my toiles using this method. The one criticism is that I am not clear on how all the changes are transferred to the flat but feel that a few makes using this will sort that out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and logical 26 Aug. 2013
By Fiona
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Shop bought clothes seldom fit well but I've had the same problems with home made ones and have had limited success in trying to alter patterns. This book has provided real insight into how patterns work and how they can be adapted to make clothes that both fit properly and flatter particular figure types.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy to follow instruccions
Published 4 days ago by mara
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A good book but didn't have the answer to my trouser fitting problem
Published 19 days ago by Effie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and guide for fitting my wedding dress that ...
Excellent read and guide for fitting my wedding dress that I am sewing!
I've learnt a lot for fitting my own clothes when sewing
Published 21 days ago by Yasmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it.
Published 2 months ago by Asma Latif
3.0 out of 5 stars I purchased this book last Autumn. The idea being ...
I purchased this book last Autumn. The idea being to tell me find solutions to some dressmaking problems I have encountered. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan H
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Did not address length adjustments, need to be done before width.
Published 4 months ago by Joan Hanly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described
Published 5 months ago by pauline
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Clear explanation! I did learn some new tricks. But a dissapointing small chapter about pants.
Published 6 months ago by Liesje de Bruyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
Clear photos and instructions. Easy to understand. Worth buying if you have a non-standard size and need to make adjustments or just learn to do thing properly.
Published 6 months ago by Nancy D
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, very user friendly
An excellent book. I am fairly new to dressmaking and deducted to purchase this book to really help me in getting a good fit for my homemade dresses. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carol S
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