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The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting [Paperback]

Sarah Veblen
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Book Description

1 Jan 2012 Complete Photo Guide

The Complete Photo Guide to Pattern Fitting is a comprehensive how-to book about altering commercial patterns to customize the fit to one’s own body before cutting out fabric and sewing the garment. Poor fit is the number one reason many sewers get discouraged with garment sewing. Author Sarah Veblen guides the reader through the steps of sewing a muslin test garment, fine-tuning the fit by pinning the garment to mold perfectly to the wearer’s body, marking the adjustments, and then transferring those alterations to the commercial pattern. Veblen had developed this method during her career as a professional sewer and teacher and it is far more comprehensive and accurate than quick-fix flat-pattern methods in which patterns are altered using only a few body measurements. The results produce a perfectly fitting garment every time.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International (1 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589236084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589236080
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 She has been a guest lecturer at PACC/ASDP chapter events and national educational conferences.

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28 of 28 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reference book 8 Jun 2013
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow 2 Jan 2013
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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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly 'complete' 10 Jan 2014
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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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16 of 17 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection Every Time 28 Aug 2012
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In my bespoke work I come across many 'body types', each with their own, let's emphasise the great and wonderful, and lets disguise those areas no-one else needs to know about. Sarah's book 'Perfect Fitting' accompanied with the excellent photographs does just that, and more. The detailed explanations, before and after, is great for both beginners and professionals alike, its my reference and guide book, that I wouldn't be without.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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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 25 days ago by Carol S
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by annie manouvrier
5.0 out of 5 stars a great tool for learning and become proficient
very clear to understand and perfect my skills
Published 2 months ago by enchimade
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book.
Published 3 months ago by Weary cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Love thia book. I have purchased many books on fitting garments but this rates as one of the best. It's well illustrated, informative and takes you stage by stage through the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by rosebud
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful and well illustrated
Just what I needed as I am neither a novice nor a skilled seamstress. I ferl more confident with this guide to refer to.
Published 5 months ago by L R S
5.0 out of 5 stars just perfect
this helps when normal paper patterns sizing do not always fit you and you give up trying to adjust patterns - roll on sewing bee
Published 7 months ago by malika
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear instructions
Loved the photos and the clarity of the instructions. As a beginner, I have used it to make numerous pattern alterations.
Published 11 months ago by Tilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Purchase
Excellent book, will be buying the "proper book" as I found looking at the pictures in black and white on my Kindle a little difficult to follow. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eirian Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was so helpful
I became unstuck with a garment I had to do some alterations on and this was a god send.
The whole book is put together well. Very easy to follow.
Published 13 months ago by Peter Perfect
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