Fitting & Alterations

Sewing is easy, fitting is the hard part. Discover professional, time-tested tips and techniques for getting your garments to fit and fit well. Learn the difference between fitting vs. alterations and quick tips for make ready-to-wear fit as if it was custom made.

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The Elusive Holy Sewing Grail: Well Fitting Pants

Perfection In Pants Don’t Give Up On A Dream (Of Pants That Fit) Jill Case Online Editor, Sew Daily SewDaily.com Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill Over the summer I sew a lot of dresses and skirts primarily because they are cooler than pants. However, I do like to sew easy, elastic waist…

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Discover the First Step in Sewing Pants That Fit

Easy shorts is just a leg away from pants!        If you are gearing up for spring and summer sewing, an super easy project is sewing shorts. I am in the process of making a pair of lounge around shorts as well as testing a pant pattern. Efficient sewing at its best. This…

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Pin-Baste Your Way to a Better Fitting Garment

Wouldn't it be great if a pattern would fit us exactly without any alterations needed? Sadly, the fact is that each of us has our own special dimensions, and even if by some freakish occurrence our measurements are the same as the pattern, chances are good that won't guarantee an exact fit. Pin-basting is a…

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Use an Easy Industry Fitting Technique When Sewing Clothes

I have been taking a fitting analysis class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and I have learned so much about best fashion industry practices. Because the production cycle for sewing clothes is so short and overseas communication is challenging, industry pros have developed some super-slick and efficient shortcuts for making pattern…

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Getting Back Into Sewing Clothes

It's been about a month since I started working at Stitch magazine, and I'm starting to get the hang of things. I've been editing projects, corresponding with designers, and so much more. But, admittedly, there's one area where I could use more knowledge, and that's sewing clothes. I'm going to make this dress. (Easy Kimono…

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Sewing Techniques–Two Ways to Make a Gusset

For quick sewing satisfaction, nothing beats the basic tote. Like having an open tortilla, you can  add as much or as little as you like-and come up with a winner every time. Either method will give you a perfect gusset every time! METHOD ONE — Cut First Cut a square from the corner. Sew side…

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Add (Almost) Invisible Support to Your Blouse

I recently had to make a blouse pattern for my patternmaking class. The blouse had a yoke and the professor said that to provide extra support in the yoke, you could cut 2 pieces. (FYI: The yoke is the separate piece you see often across the back top of a blouse that usually extends over…