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Date: 2/20/12 5:20 PM

I was just checking out the blog of a well known (but nameless here for courtesy and respect) designer and was, really, shocked to read the problems she was having fitting V8774. She designs, she sews, and more; wouldn't she have been at it long enough to automatically know what changes to make to the pattern as soon as she lays it out?

This seems so much like expecting your thighs to look like the model's on the touched up cover. We expect to be able to purchase a pattern, make changes that make sense and come out with something nice looking. I just thought that many of you would appreciate that this can even be problematic for a lifelong professional. She even admitted that she almost tossed them as waddersas is typical of her first meeting with a new pant pattern

If you can guess who it is, let's be nice and leave her name out of it. The point is, fitting takes time and (ugh) patience, don't be hard on yourself when working through the process.

I was happy to see that she suggested a couple of things that I've been recommending. Check the fit and measurements of old clothing that is similar when studying and making the initial adjustments to your pattern. (I have a pair of pants with a rip in them that fit perfectly and are in the closet waiting to be magically turned into a pattern.) And, since she wanted a bit looser fit than the pattern called for, she made her adjustments and then cut a full one inch seam allowance to have some wiggle room to work with.

Hope this is an encouraging pat on the back. If you are new to fitting pants, I've earmarked some threads to help with great questions and follow through to solutions.

In the search function, search in messages. Search these two words strung together with no space in between.

pants thread

There is no need to include the name of the poster, that can be left blank.

If you suggest this search to someone else in the future, please suggest it the same way. The earmark of the two words with no space in between (pants thread) should be limited to threads that will actually help with fitting pants.

Best wishes.

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Date: 2/24/12 2:18 PM

DianeSev was kind enough to provide the link to this:

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Editorial Reviews: The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen

http://sewing.patternreview.com/blog?s=1310998
The Review

I thought if you were reading about 'fitting trials', you might be interested in the review.

Little did I know that I could have found it myself by following her instructions - I had never even clicked on the Blog tab before:blush:

Thanks DianeSev!

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You can also click on the blog tab and scroll down the topics posted on the blog for the month, then click on the topic to get the URL

Happy sewing!

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Date: 2/24/12 3:53 PM

Thank you for re-instilling my confidence! Pants are hard to fit, but not as hard as the bodice is for me. But the overall message is clear for me not to be hard on myself. Thank you!

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Date: 2/24/12 4:01 PM

This is awesome! Thank you!

I recently purchased this book too. It's great.

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Date: 2/24/12 6:19 PM

Would that the book came with a fitting buddy! My dh is useless for anything more than marking a hem. I don't know any women locally who sew garments and it's easier to fit yourself than to get a non sewer to help you with fitting. The book sounds great and it will be on my birthday list.

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Date: 2/28/12 6:47 PM

Just ordered the book and can't wait to get my hands on it.

No sewing buddy here, either. My BFF tries to help but it is not the ideal situation if you get my drift.

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Date: 2/28/12 8:13 PM

Thanks ladies.
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Snuzal is working through her wedding dress muslin on this thread:

Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Wedding dress toile

She's doing a fantastic job of pulling together and adding more changes to design elements from three different patterns. Her fitting 'assistant" was able to manage office binding clips more easily than pins. Check out her pictures, you'll find the binder clips used in the bodice. Clever, don't you think?

I'll bump the thread in case anyone wants to check it out.

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