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Perfect Fit: A Practical Guide to Adjusting Sewing Patterms for a Professional Finish [Paperback]

Creative Publishing Intl
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Book Description

28 Oct 2005

Fitting is more than learning how to adjust patterns. It is achieving a feeling of self-confidence that comes from knowing that your clothes are comfortable and attractive. Well-fitted garments that are oversized look fashionably loose-fitting rather than baggy; garments that are close to the body allow you to move comfortably because they are not binding. Whatever the style, a good fit eliminates unattractive wrinkles and gaping that draw attentions to problems.

The Perfect Fit comes packed with clear, easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step colour photography that will help you master the art of fitting in no time. When you have successfully completed fitting adjustments on one pattern, you can take similar steps with other patterns and gradually develop expertise through experience. In the process you will educate your eye to see additional improvements worth making. Every time you work through a fitting technique featured in The Perfect Fit you will learn something of value.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Press (28 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845430581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845430580
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Illustrations are clear and plentiful providing lots of expert assistance for all levels of dressmaking, including problem areas. A must-have reference book.'

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but doesn't cover my 'flaws'! 23 Feb 2009
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This is a great book - it gives an introduction to fitting, how to understand your figure etc. However, one of the ways it gets you to understand your figure in relation to the measurements used by clothing manufacturers, is to get you to draw an outline of yourself - not easy when you live alone like I do!

It gives clear and concise diagrams on how to fit a pattern for all manner of adjustments such as a gaping armhole, full bust/high bust, narrow shoulders, round back..... the list goes on. The only negative thing I would say is that it doesn't cover my particular 'flaws'

I would recommend this book if you are serious about your dressmaking and have the time and the inclination to carry out every single pattern adjustment to give your clothes that perfect fit.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, concise and practical. 7 Oct 2008
I've got a few books on fitting, and they tend to be quite long-winded, and to use extreme "examples" to illustrate quite common fitting problems.
This book is laid out in the order in which you should fit, and shows exactly what you should be looking for on realistically shaped models. The solutions it offers are straight-forward to implement, and if you follow the order in the book, you won't have to go back over your alterations to "re-tweak" too many times.
I think this book is a really useful reference material.
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
All commercial patterns are based on a B cup, and having bought a bookshop full of fitting books trying to find out how to alter the patterns for a fuller cup (OK I'm more than a D!) - this is the first I've found. - And they work! Now I've discovered I also have a low bust point too - which I never knew until I could get the pattern to fit around the width. All the alterations are pictorial, and step by step. Be warned though - sometimes it's unclear how much you should be altering the pattern by, and when you need a minor alteration or a major one is open to interpretation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed! 4 Jun 2013
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Having just taken up dressmaking again after an interval of a lot of years, and having lost over 3 stone, I needed a book to help me make sense of altering patterns to fit me properly. This book does it all, shows all the techniques I needed to know - especially as I am a size 16 at the top and a small 14 at the bottom - to alter patterns to fit. I have recently completed my first two dresses, one adapted from a size 16 pattern and one in which I melded two pattern sizes together. The fit is much better than just following a pattern and having to make do with what came out at the end! Loads of photographs to help me make sense of the instructions, loads of info about measurements and how to take them, loads of tips and tricks and beautifully put together to make a book which I will turn to again and again - every time I have a pattern, or indeed, a garment to alter! One of the best buys I've made in ages!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for Altering Patterns 7 Sep 2009
This book is an excellent general guide on what to strive for in making patterns fit, and how alter the pattern to get there. There are lots of photos of what constitutes a proper fit and what is less than ideal, and illustrated advice on how to modify your pattern to achieve this - and how to make the generalisations needed so that it will work on other patterns. It does what it says in the title.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and easy to follow 5 Jun 2009
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I have made a few things but regard myself a dressmaking beginner. This American book has plenty of photographs illustrating the explanations, and is packed full of tips. You can find your problem dress-fitting areas, and the book explains (using photographs of people) how to rectify them. Well written and easy to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fitting to dressmaking 19 July 2013
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What a fantastic book. Needs to be studied to make dresses perfectly but well worthwhile. A Very rewarding hobby. Make your own designer dresses
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 10 Jun 2013
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I would recommend this book to any budding sewist.
I purchased this after many years of sewing & learnt a great deal about fitting from this book.
Excellent buy & an undeniable "Bible" in my sewing room.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
This is a book to turn too for advice on particular areas. Given that fitting is, in my opinion, the most difficult thing about sewing this is a useful manual with a broad overview... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Christiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy for fitting patterns.
Well written easy to follow . I have been looking for help like this for many years as am hard to fit . Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear instructions for fitting
I like the way that each figure fault and how to alter the pattern for it is illustrated by a photograph which shows you exactly what to do as well as the written instructions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debjules
4.0 out of 5 stars If you need help this is it!
A very good picture book and clear guidance. I have waited years for this and at last have more confidence to cope when the items don't fit in their original cut.
Published 2 months ago by bowler123
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative.
This is one of the most informative books on pattern fitting I have ever read. It's clearly written easy to understand and has pictures to guide you every step of the way and well... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sew'n'sew
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all level seamstress/ fashion designers/dress makers
I love love love this book, it's been the best I have found on the market in terms of actually pushing your skills, ability and confidence forward in the pattern alteration area. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Fit
At last, I now know why few shop-bought clothes and handmades actually fit me. Time spent on measuring and drawing reveal I have a very high waist, flat seat and away back. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Edinburgh plum
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book
Although the diagrams are clearly from some years ago ( this doesn't bother me by the way) the information never changes and this is packed full of information on how to get a good... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jane Butterwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Dressmakers
Perfect for the novice dressmaker,easy to understand and follow,quality of photos very good.Book very helpful and informative.
have bought othe books from series
Published 15 months ago by silvagill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
I fully expect to spend days with this book learning all the tricks of the trade. I'm really enjoying myself!
Published 16 months ago by B. Lazare
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