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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: 21 x 1.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,029 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 PatternReview.com. She has been a guest lecturer at PACC/ASDP chapter events and national educational conferences.


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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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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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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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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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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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I always have problems finding ready-made pansts/trousers to fit me, usually being too baggy at the back. Determined to make some for myself, and realising that shop bought patterns are generally aimed at 'ideal' figures and that my shape is far from ideal, I came across this book almost by accident. Browsing through it when it arrived, I discovered within minutes the cause of my problems. How to put them right takes a little longer. But now I know how to go about altering a shop bought pattern so that I can set about making trousers, casual pants or jeans that really do fit properly. This book is well written and illustrated and is aimed at people with some experience of making clothes for themselves, family or friends and have been rather disappointed when, after very carefully following a shop bought pattern, they find the results less than satisfactory. A brilliant book, worth every penny!
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I purchased this book last Autumn. The idea being to tell me find solutions to some dressmaking problems I have encountered. This was a last resort as I cannot find anyone willing to work through fitting a top with me. Yes my problems are in there, they are pictured, but the author does not give solutions. Nor does she give instructions on putting some of the alterations onto paper either that are shown in the photos. She has left a lot to guess work and I found this a very disappointing book.
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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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