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Threads' Fitting for Every Figure [Paperback]

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7 Oct 2012
Home stitchers of all skill levels need information about fitting their designs, whether they are making original designs or trying to fit a pattern. Threads Fitting for Every Figure provides the best information for achieving the perfect fit for basic, intermediate and advanced sewers. Fully illustrated and packed with the best sewing information from a trusted sewing source, Threads magazine, this is a must-have for home sewers everywhere.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton (7 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160085396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600853968
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a leading source for all things related to garment sewing, Threads magazine is committed to serving sewers of all skill levels and providing the right tools to create functional and fashionable clothing to last a lifetime.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Threads fitting for every figure 19 Jan 2013
The book was as expected from such a reputable dressmaking source as Threads. The articles are very helpful and well illustrated. The customer service and deliver were very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars jackieelsieowen 21 May 2013
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This is a very good book but if you have the Threads magazines (which I do) then this book repeats all of the tips.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good, but not Complete Collection of Threads Articles on Fit 22 Oct 2012
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For this review, I'll assume you read Threads Magazine at least semi-regularly. If so, you may have bookmarked/collected articles that solved your particular fit concerns. Therefore, you have seen the info in this book before. There's one thing I've learned about Threads, its books are compilations -- not earth-shattering new information. This is not a bad thing, you just need to manage your expectations.

With that said, I thought one way to review this book is to tell you what articles are included, and (based on my collection of back issues) which didn't make the book. Please keep in mind that my frame of reference is articles I own that address my fit concerns (and I'm not saying my collection is perfect) - I'm a pear with square shoulders a sway back and a full bust. Threads has done many articles on fitting concerns that don't apply to me, so I've ignored them. (For those who don't share my fitting concerns, skip down to where I've listed the table of contents.)

Here's a list of the articles as seen in my back issues of the magazine that ARE included in the book:
-Issue #151: Muslin Refined
-Issue #151: Fitting Knits
-Issue #149: Smart Fitting Series, Part 3: Fitting Over Layers
-Issue #148: Smart Fitting Series, Part 2: Fine Tune a Bodice Front
-Issue #147: Smart Fitting Series, Part 1: A New Approach to Fitting
-Issue #143: Improve the Bottom Line
-Issue #127: Fitting Series, Part 2: For A Great Fit, Start at the Shoulder
-Issue #142: Add A Bust Dart
-Issue #129: Altering Patterns for the Well-Endowed
-Issue #121: Ah Ha! Pattern Principles
-Issue #117: To Get the Right Armhole, Fit the Bodice
-Issue #116: Add A Dart at the Bust or Shoulder to Make a Gaping Vest Armhole Fit
-Issue #116: To Fit Your Body, Measure Your Clothes

Here's what I didn't see from my collection of back issues (again, these are articles relevant to my fitting concerns):
-Issue #151: Waist Darts Redesigned
-Issue #139: For A Personalized Fit, Grade It!
-Issue #122: Adjusting Pants from Waist to Seat
-Issue #119: To Fit Pants, Start At the Waist

For those who don't aren't really into back issues or share my fitting concerns, here's what's in the book:
Chapter 1: Fitting Basics
-Measuring Garments for Fit
-The Importance of Ease
-The Dress Form
-The Pants Form

Chapter 2: Working with Patterns and Muslin
-Using A Camera to Fit
-Making a Muslin

Chapter 3: Fitting the Bodice
-Fitting the Bust
-The Shoulder Slope
-Fitting the Armscye
-Fitting the Sleeve
-Using RTW for Fit
-Fitting the Back
-Fitting the Neckline
-Fitting the Bodice with a Muslin
-Fitting Knit Tops

Chapter 4: Fitting Pants and Skirts
-Fitting the Waist and Hip
-Fitting A Skirt
-Fitting Pants
-Better Fit With a Two-Piece Waistband
-Fitting a Fuller Abdomen
-Fitting High Hips or a Swayback
-Fitting Wide Hips and Slender Legs
-The Pants Pattern
-Fitting a Full Seat
-Fitting a Flat Seat
-Drafting a Custom Pants Pattern

Chapter 5: Specialty Fitting Techniques
-Draping the Bodice
-The Bodice Block
-Draping a Skirt Sloper
-Copying Existing Garments
-Sewing for a Changing Figure
-Sewing for a Mature Figure
-Fitting Bras
-Cloning a Favorite Bra
-Fitting Swimsuits

-Tools for Fitting and Alteration (includes Issue #82 How to Use a French Curve by Peggy Sagers)
-Measurement Notes

Here's the deal: If you're really good about keeping up with back issues of the magazine that address your concerns, you probably don't need this book. If you have the Threads Archive on DVD, you certainly do not need this book. If you are relatively new to sewing and haven't figured out your fit concerns, this is a great book. I like it because it keeps almost everything in on place; I got to file 10 of my back issues. Now there are only four still out.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamstress 31 Mar 2013
By Stewart J. Skrove - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this advertised in a sewing magazine and was overjoyed when I received it. I have sewn for over 40 plus years and I received answers to questions I had pondered. Easy to use, easy to find and locate the answers. Was a very useful purchase. Thank you Mary
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting book 30 April 2013
By Kate Sews - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent fitting book. I have a collection of alteration books and this is one of the easiest to follow. Also, a nice section for fitting the mature figure.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VEry handy tool 4 Aug 2013
By dorcus247 - Published on Amazon.com
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Very handy guide for sewing for the vertically challanged and horizonically blessed. Great directions and instructions and illustrations. I will use this a lot.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sewing alteration book 13 Aug 2013
By Teresa Eckelberry - Published on Amazon.com
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I really love this book. I have been sewing for myself and others for over 40 years and finally found a book that covers every type of fitting problem. The instructions are clear, the illustrations,or pictures of actual people used in the fittings, help very much. I have several fitting issues, such as tall (5'11") and scoliosis, so It helps me, and I can also fit my customers.
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