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Date: 2/8/12 6:45 PM

After seeing the review on PR bulletin, I am itching to buy Perfect Fitting. In my collection of fitting books, Iíve got:

Fast Fit
Fit for Real People
Fitting Pattern Alteration
Power Sewing

Would this be a good addition to my collection or will there be too much overlap with my existing books? I've never taken a class with the author before and since this is her first book, I'm pretty much relying on user reviews. I will also be buying Pants for Real People (to qualify for the free shipping on Amazon...).

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Date: 2/8/12 6:58 PM

Good question! Thanks for asking, I am wondering the same thing!

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Date: 2/8/12 7:18 PM

Having recently bought a copy of Sarah Veblen's Perfect Fitting I must say it is a must have book! For me it's the best book about fit currently available. Far better than any of the books you listed. Now this might be because I think like Sarah. I fit my own garments the same way she does. Of course every book has valuable information worth reading, but I am super impressed with the layout of this book and Sarah's methods.

This is a book about FIT, not pattern alterations. She addresses one of the most important principles when fitting, balance. Something that is rarely addressed in other books yet I feel it is the key aspect of fit. If you understand balance you can fit almost any garment. The book is easy to read and follow. I love the way it is presented and all the photos. It is very different than other fit books but I think this is a good thing. I also think it is well suited to both beginners and advanced sew-ers alike.

The section on pants is light on and not in enough detail IMHO, and there is nothing about fitting knits. The book is mostly about woven tops and skirts but still the principles of fit she covers does transfer to pants and knits.

The book also doesn't cover every fit alteration, far from it. This is not a reference book that covers every possible fit alteration. Instead it is a book that teaches the basic principles of fit. Something that no other book does. I highly recommend it.

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Date: 2/8/12 9:52 PM

My response is something like the saying, "One can never have too much chocolate". Well, one can never have too many fitting books...

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Date: 2/9/12 9:54 PM

I too was considering buying Veblen's Perfect Fitting as it seemed quite modern and had lots of nice big pictures.

However, I admit I'm not sure I understand the difference between fit verses pattern alternations. I was under the impression that this book would help me alter or tweak patterns if the muslin I made didn't come out right, aka not fit well.

Can you please shed some more light on this??

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Date: 2/9/12 10:31 PM

This book looks really good I must say! I don't own it but will definitely add it to my collection.
Fitting is the process of eliminating all the wrinkles and drag lines from your test garment so that it fits smoothly and you have the ability to move. The fitting process determines the pattern alterations you will make. Garment balance is definitely the key. I have an example of the process on my blog that might offer some clarity.
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Date: 2/10/12 1:37 AM

I highly recommend this book and have read it through at least twice. It has great explanantions. There are multiple book reviews here:
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and the Amazon "look inside" feature allows you to browse the book before buying here:
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Date: 2/10/12 3:32 AM

In Sarah's book, you sew a test garment made of muslin; try it on to see how it fits; pin and mark the needed changes on the muslin; and then and only then. transfer those changes to your paper pattern. So you do in fact alter your paper pattern -- but you are basing those alterations on the changes you had to make to get your test garment to fit you.



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Date: 2/10/12 5:45 AM

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I was under the impression that this book would help me alter or tweak patterns if the muslin I made didn't come out right, aka not fit well. Can you please shed some more light on this??

Most fit books talk about how to alter the pattern when you see X wrinkle or fold on your toile. That is, this wrinkle means you need to do a sway back alteration to the pattern or this wrinkle means you need a flat buttocks alteration. It talks about how to alter the pattern. Pattern alterations.

Sarah's book teaches you to see the toile as a whole garment and not focus on any one area. It teaches the importance of balance and how when the balance is out how to correct it on the toile. It also teaches about altering the toile to add more shape and get a custom fit. You adjust the toile and learn how to fit a garment on your body. Then when you are finished you transfer these alterations back to the pattern. Sarah goes into great detail about this too. How to alter the pattern including all the pattern pieces not just the main ones, how to walk the pattern pieces and correct them, how to true a pattern. All very important things that books often over look.

My best advice is to buy the book if you want to understand. :)

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Date: 2/10/12 8:54 AM

I ordered this book and Fit for real people last week. They both came in yesterday. I obviously haven't had a chance to read them yet, but I did browse through them a little.

One of the editorial reviews here said that she didn't recommend this book for newbies and both of the reviews are from advanced sewist.

Have any beginners read and understood this book? Should I put it on a shelf until I have more experience?

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