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Fabulous Fit [Paperback]

Judith A. Rasband , Elizabeth L. Liechty
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1 Jan 1994
"Fabulous Fit" combines a user-friendly approach to the fitting process with a dynamic visual presentation of technical procedures, guiding the user through the process of identifying a figure variation, recognising incorrect fit and its cause, measuring the body and corresponding pattern area, adjusting the pattern, and altering garments. This book is the essential text for coursework in fashion selection, fitting and alteration.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books (1 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870057391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870057397
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,008,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No More Sewing Clothes That Don't Fit!
I want you to love and wear what you sew. Sewers and teachers alike agree that fitting and alteration are the most frustrating problems a sewer encounters. People quit sewing because the clothes don't fit! We don't need that! And no one needs another "wardrobe orphan" to hang in the closet unloved and unworn. I want your every sewing project to be successful and fulfilling. Learn how to: -- Define and recognize 8 basic body types (typical figure types). -- Zero in on fashion styles you can expect to fit and flatter your basic body type. -- Recognize the figure variation beneath any fitting problem. -- Pick out patterns that accomodate your figure variation without alteration! -- Turn specific fitting problems into fashion assets. -- Create beautiful illusions about your figure. -- Alter patterns using the innovative, easy, accurate, and effective, "seam Method". -- Alter for 50 common figure vaiations and achieve a fabulous fit. -- Alter for any single and multiple figure variation you will ever encounter. -- Get a Fabulous Fit every time you sew!

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Judith Rasband is the founder and CEO of Conselle Corporation and Director of the Conselle Institute of Image Management, an organisation involved in the creation of education materials on appearance-related topics. She combines 30 years of experience in fashion education and business. A veteran educator, she has taught secondary-level, further education, and university courses in clothing selection and construction. Elizabeth Liechty is Professor Emerita at Brigham Young University in Utah.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book covering the seam method. 17 April 1998
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking better fit in dressmaking. The seam method of pattern alteration is pretty easy and straightforward. Judith presents alterations for the bodice, skirt, and pants. With the information in this book, you can alter your pattern for square or sloping shoulders, wide or narrow hips/waist, thin arms, rounded back, and many other necessary alterations. I did not find the bust alteration to be very helpful to me, however. I prefer other methods, but I often use the seam method for widening my waist and hips in my own patterns. Additionally, Judith offers style suggestions to flatter various figures. It is an interesting and useful book!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book covering the seam method. 17 April 1998
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking better fit in dressmaking. The seam method of pattern alteration is pretty easy and straightforward. Judith presents alterations for the bodice, skirt, and pants. With the information in this book, you can alter your pattern for square or sloping shoulders, wide or narrow hips/waist, thin arms, rounded back, and many other necessary alterations. I did not find the bust alteration to be very helpful to me, however. I prefer other methods, but I often use the seam method for widening my waist and hips in my own patterns. Additionally, Judith offers style suggestions to flatter various figures. It is an interesting and useful book!
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an alteration book 1 Aug 2006
By Margie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Don't be misled by the title or other reviews. This is not a pattern alteration book (though each body anomaly has a useless little picture of one pattern piece with little pictures of scissors all around it showing where they want you to cut said pattern piece.) This book can be helpful as long as you understand what it really does and this is what you are looking for.

The book basically lists each body type and then shows you 5 or so garments that would be a good choice for covering the body flaw. As one reviewer said, many of the garments shown are not currently in style, but that is not to be counted against the book as much as it is against the garment industry. Some styles cover certain body shapes better than others and it is unfortunate for you when the style that looks best on you is not currently in-vogue.

The book is helpful in steering you to make correct garment choices for your body characteristics. The challenge is to purchase or make these garments in up-to-date looking patterns.

If you are looking for an excellent pattern alteration book, look no further than the excellent "Fast Fit" by Sandra Betzina.

By the way, don't pay any more than 10 or so dollars for this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New edition not exactly improved 19 Feb 2010
By Solitaire - Published on Amazon.com
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My college level Pattern Alteration and Fitting class is using this book as a text. The instructor has allowed students to come in with the previous edition, and so it's easy to go back and forth to see what has been changed. For the good, the instructor has been making us do the alterations mapped out in the book on half scale paper models first, and the information on the pages has been letter perfect, not to mention the diagrams showing one where to cut, slash, and spread, or fold to adjust the pattern piece. Very, very helpful trying this info out on a mock-up first before attempting to do it in fiber.

Really, the issue that I have is that in older editions Judith Rasband was the sole author and included photographs of suggested ready to wear fashions for each type of figure "flaw/challenge." There aren't so many of these in the newest edition. Of course, the old edition screamed 80's fashion, so that probably has a lot to do with it, but there are young ladies in my class who are absolute beginners at sewing, and the diagrams in the book that only have arrows designating that the design emphasis should be higher, lower, in, or out on body parts in question makes absolutely no sense to those girls. It is a lot easier having a photo showing what real high-waisted trousers look like on a long waisted figure (for those who grew up wearing nothing but low-rise pants) or longer hemlines to cover up problem calves. I suppose that Liechty intended that cutting the majority of "fashion plates" out of the book would make it more utilitarian in the long run, but trust me when I say that there are people who have problems visualizing and need a lot of examples in photos to spell out multiple suggested solutions before it makes sense to them.

I have been doing basic sewing a very long time (as in don't deviate from the Butterick pattern), and so the other beef I have is how do I apply these alterations from the diagrams in this book, which appear to be copied from fitting shells, to fashion patterns? I would recommend "Fantastic Fit for Every Body" by Gale Grigg Hazen to help transfer the important fundamentals shown in this book to fashion pattern pieces on real bodies. The Hazen book has good reference photographs as well as drawings, and the two work well in tandem.

Fabulous Fit is a good piece of reference, but it's not for someone who just learned to sew recently. If you have a well-experienced sewing buddy who can help you with the info in this book, then go ahead and buy it with the intention of having your sewing buddy help you out.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An average book 15 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my sewing class; however, I don't like it because it doesn't have as much substance as the "Fitting & Pattern Alterations" book. In addition, it is over-priced. I like chapters 2 and 3 best out of the whole book. There is a typo on page 3, bullet #4. Most of the clothing sketches are dated; I've hardly seen anyone who dresses in those styles that were illustrated in the book. I personally don't believe that anyone can wear any style because each person has a different figure shape, height and weight. As for the style tip, I'd rather pick up a good how to dress fashion book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a different, and much better, method of getting a well fitting pattern 22 Nov 2013
By Kirsten M. Houseknecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like many serious fitting /pattern-making/alteration books, this one can be a bit overwhelming at first. I had the advantage of going through it with Judith at one of her Fabulous Fitting seminars, which is of course the easiest way to learn such a hands on technique.
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if you are going it alone, with just the book....
First of all, start with THIS book, the more expensive pattern alteration book covers some of the same material and then goes into more detail and advanced topics, this one is the "user friendly" and somewhat more simplified version.
then get a cheap pattern on sale and start trying out some of the adjustments on it. It all makes a lot more sense once you see the technique in action.
the ideal pattern to use this on, would be a "fitting pattern" of course, but honestly just getting an inexpensive blouse pattern or skirt pattern that you can play around with will help familiarize you with it without too much stress.

what is important to realize is that this is a *different* method of pattern alteration, of changing a pattern to fit you properly, than is shown in almost any other book. It will be completely new to almost all of you. Our seminar class had 6 people, with a range of sewing skills and experience from "pretty new" to "been sewing longer than i have been alive" and it was new to all of us.

I am currently in a Bachelor of Science program in Fashion Design, and have been learning pattern drafting/draping etc...
this is NOT how to draft a pattern from scratch! it will however let you take an existing pattern and make it FIT you. In our seminar we used this technique on a "fitting pattern" (tight fitting bodice/top with pencil skirt, and pants) to create a custom pattern sloper for each of us. if you can get a correctly fitted pattern like that, you can then just use THAT to check the fit of any other pattern, without having to go through every step over and over.

i highly recommend this book. once you are more familiar with the method, you may want to move up to Fitting Pattern Alteration Multi Method Selection
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