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Sewing Pattern Alteration and Fitting Articles

The Best Articles to Learn About Pattern Alterations and Fitting Solutions


The most challenging part of sewing a garment is that you can't try it on until after it is sewn... and it's not as simple as hitting the shelf for another size if it doesn't fit when your done sewing. Learn what you can do before you even choose a pattern and what to do to make a pattern work for you by reading these articles. Success is in your future with just a little time and patience.

1. Measurements for Fitting Pants

This PDF file from the University of New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service is a wealth of informtation to understanding what and where to take your measurements so you can sew your own pants that fit.

2. Selecting a Pattern Size for Perfect Fit

New Mexico State University offers this great information  to help you choose a sewing pattern that  will meet your sewing desires. Learn how and what to measure and what to consider when choosing a pattern.

3. Pattern Alterations

This is a not-to-be-missed PDF file of information from the University of New Mexico Cooperative Extension. This article is the solution to when, how and where to make pattern adjustments and understanding those pattern adjustments.

4. Fit For You: Shoulder Savvy- Shoulder Fitting -Sew News Library

This article takes you through making shoulder adjustments to a sewing pattern.  "Good shoulder fit improves the overall finished garmetn appearance, as well as your wearing comfort." is just the tip of the iceburg for dealing with fitting shoulders.

5. The Seam Method of Pattern Alteration

Explore this Threads Magazine article to understand making pattern alterations on seam lines.The techniques described in this article may be the perfect solution for you, even if other methods have failed.

6. The Ease Factor in Pattern-Drafting Software

Pattern Drafting Software is a great way to design your own patterns that will fit... if you understand the information you must feed tot he software. Learn about the amount of ease you will want tio tell the software you want in a garment by reading this article.

7. Narrow Back Adjustment -- Threads Magazine

This article has easy to follow, photo details to understand the alterations you need to make to a pattern piece to adjust for a narrow back.

8. The Dower's Hump

You can alter a pattern for a rounded upper back. Follow this Thread's Magazine article to learn more.

9. Choose the Correct Pattern Size

Starting with the correct size pattern saves you alterations that you can avoid and ends with a well fitted garment. This Threads Magazine article will give you the information you need to choose the correct size pattern for the garment you are going to sew.

10. To Fit Your Body, Measure Your Clothes

You know what you buy at the store fits because you try it on whens it's already sewn. This Threads Magazine article includes printable charts to help you use the clothing you know fits, to choose patterns and garments that will fit when you are done sewing them.

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