In Fitting Fashion

  • The ABC Bust Adjustment - Cowl Neck

     Today, I want to show you the ABC Bust Adjustment for The Cool Cowl Tank.  As you know, In-House Patterns are developed specifically for a D cup size.  This means if you are an A, B, or C cup size, this correction may apply to you when using this pattern.  This adjustment will also be applicable on any similar style. I will start with how to recognize when this pattern correction is needed.  Whether you know your actual cup size or not, your test muslin will show specific fitting issues when you need this pattern correction.  Please consider the photo...

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  • Sewing with Knits

    Although I have often experimented with knits, I started to avoid working with them because I could never seem to get that professional finish or prevent that "home made" look.   But lately I've been seeing so many beautiful knit fabrics in the fabric store; the colors, prints, and quality of the fabrics are stunning, and there is no way to beat the comfort or the wash and wear ease of a knit garment.  So this season, I set out to design a pattern that would work with my regular home sewing equipment and result in a professional looking finished...

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  • The Cool Cowl Tank

    New pattern now available for download!    This is the perfect summer top for keeping cool and staying stylish!  Designed specifically for knit fabrics, this top features a front cowl neckline and sleeveless styling; perfect for warm summer days or under a jacket at the office.  Self fabric bands at the armholes and bottom hem make this top super quick and easy to stitch up, you will want to make several versions for an easy summer wardrobe add on.  This is a multi-size downloadable PDF sewing pattern in women's sizes XS - XL.  This is the perfect pattern for a...

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  • Fitting Books

    Let's face it, fitting can be complicated and confusing so it's always good to have some good references available to help you figure it all out.  Books are a good place to start when you are just beginning the fitting journey.  I currently have two books specific to fitting.  The first one I purchased was Fitting & Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach.     I bought this one sight unseen, hoping it would be a good reference when I first got my job as a fit technician.  It did come in handy a few times but I found the black and...

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  • A Few Laughs on Leap Day

     In the off chance that you haven't heard of the Center for Pattern Design, please follow the link and check them out.  They are doing great work to preserve the skills of pattern making and draping and have many books and workshops on the subject.  They are worth a go see! I received their newsletter today which included a link to this video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  Mary Martin 1953

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