5 Tips – Fitting Dressmaking Patterns

Do you struggle to fit dressmaking patterns to your individual figure? If you do then watch this video and learn the 5 tips you should be applying to improve the fit of your garments.

1. Measurements
Measure your body accurately, make sure the measurements you take are not too tight, nor too loose; no fingers underneath the tape measure! Make sure that you measure yourself each time you sew a new garment, you may have changed size. For accurate measuring tips watch this video: How to: Measure Yourself.

2. Understand Ease
Learn what ease is; the difference between your body measurements and the finished garment measurements. Consider the ease you personally like, measure garments you already own. Watch my What is Ease? video.

3. Make Adjustments
Adjust the pattern in the following order for accuracy:
a. Adjust the length of the pattern, this might be above the bust, between the bust and the waist, the waist and the low hip, or the low hip and the hem. Consider length adjustments on sleeves; above the elbow and between the elbow and wrist. For trousers, adjust between the waist and low hip, above the thigh and between the thigh and ankle.
b. Amend the curves of the pattern starting at the top of the pattern and working down, this means shoulders first. Then work to adjust the bust, seat, whatever you know you require.
c. Finally pick the size of the pattern than you require along the width. Some curve adjustments may have affected this.

4. Grade between Sizes
You do not need to be the same size at the bust, waist and low hip. Blend between sizes as your individual figure requires.

5. Make a sample!
One of the most important parts. Boring I know! But a sample will tell you what adjustments were correct, and whether you need to do any more.

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