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Date: 10/8/13 3:14 AM

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I'm wanting to get something to help me with making my own clothes. Can anyone tell me which is the easiest to do/understand? The simplest. I have a hard time concentrating anymore and I forget a lot/dizziness because of my diabetes. It's given me a microvascular brain disease. I have thought about trying to find someone who could draft me a basic pattern/sloper but don't know how to find them. Thanks for any help...:)

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Date: 10/8/13 8:21 AM

If you are working with just these choices, go with the Surefit. Why? Lots of great directions in the kit, along with some fun design changes in the leaflets. And Glenda's help is always there.

Get the Dress Kit first for your basic pattern/sloper. That's exactly what it is--typical of a Big 4 Basic Pattern. Then follow all the directions to the letter. Write your notes in the booklet that comes with the kit in pencil so they can be changed later. Also, you might want to invest in a nice fitting book. There are many and I've found posters like the Fit For Real People the most. I don't because it requires you to wear a pattern, which I've always torn, ripped, went floating away, etc (cats especially love to chase after pattern pieces). I like to use Singer's The Perfect Fit The photographs are excellent and the explanations to the photos are great too. There's also another one in black and white called Fabulous Fit by Judith Rasband. That's pretty good too, and provides a different method of alteration.

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Date: 10/8/13 8:35 AM

I agree - go with SureFit. I tried Lutterloh and found that it did not resolve my basic problem. Making clothes that fit.

SureFit will give you a set of basic, well fitting patterns. Once you get a nice tee, blouse, dress its is really about the fabrics and little changes you make. SureFit can give you that.

I also agree with starting with the Dress kit. I have a nice fitting tee that I make...short sleeves, long sleeves, v-neck, boat neck. I have noticed that a morning anchorwoman here has beautiful clothes, but the pattern is a wrap front with and without collar. Like THIS I suspect she sews or knows someone who does. ;)

Long winded answer that IMHO a few well fitting patterns is nicer than the constant battle for fit

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Date: 10/8/13 11:05 AM

The choices I've listed are the only ones I've come across. I was leaning towards the sure fit. I just bought "The Complete Photo Guide To Perfect Fitting." There is a lot to it. Do you know this book and how does it compare to the ones you listed? It seems complicated to me. I really appreciate all the help you both have given...:) Thank you.

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Date: 10/8/13 11:16 AM

You did not mention what size you are. I suggest you take a look at the Craftsy classes. If you need to learn fitting, they have several. I am plus size, rtw 20 and enjoyed the Plus Size Pattern Fitting and Sew the Perfect Fit. I refer back to both of those often

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Date: 10/8/13 11:22 AM

I rock between size 18 and 20. I thought about the classes.

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Date: 10/8/13 11:27 AM

Is the "Plus Size Pattern Fitting" a book?

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Date: 10/8/13 2:40 PM

I think Surefit goes up to 24 I believe. The problem with Craftsy classes is that you have to use their pattern. I took the Pants Fitting, Adjust The Bust, and Sew The Perfect Fit classes and they all had their separate patterns to use--not a shell/sloper-type, and some, such as the Sew The Perfect Fit pattern had some problems as it was based on a dress with a bias fitting skirt. It wasn't a true sloper to show how to fit the hips, thighs, arms, etc. Adjust the Bust was based on a jean jacket. Pants Fitting was based on contour pants that had seams down the middle of the pantleg.

I think it would only confuse you because you won't be learning how to transfer the info to other patterns. The key is to start with "simple" first.

As to Sarah Veblen's book, if I were going to add to my fitting library, I would buy it. But you are more of a noobie than I am, and reading her book is great if you're going to spend a lot of time researching. That's why I like the Singer book--look at a wrinkle on a live model, and steps and photos below the photo show you what to do. Glenda's booklet on fitting shows some basic problems, but the Singer book goes more into detail but doesn't overwhelm you with the small stuff.

A while back I found a very old Burda pants pattern, from the 1990's and altered it to fit me. Now I have a beautifully fitting Tried And True pattern for jeans, pants, pullon pants and trousers. And it was all done with the Singer Making Pants That Fit book.

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Date: 10/8/13 6:34 PM

This is the kind of information I'm looking for...simple. Thank you. The singer book is on my get list. They have a pants book too?

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Date: 10/8/13 9:16 PM

They have many books. Just do a search on Amazon for Singer Sewing Reference Library and take your pick. I've had most of them at one time or another.

The latest Silhouette Patterns webcast starring Peggy Sagers was on fit for larger people She said that people have pretty much the same fitting issues no matter their size. Here's a link: click here She discusses it in the first 12 minutes of the webcast.

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