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Tip 625 - Fitting: Check It and Check It OffBy DianeSev on 1/25/12 4:14 PM


Be methodical when you fit. Make a list of things to check - standard points like hem length as well as any "issues" that are problematic for you.

Here are two checklists I follow when sewing a top. I don't have a 3-way mirror, so I take lots of self-timer photos when I do this. After checking, I make all of the fit changes on the paper pattern. I don't generally record the style changes since these decisions change with each garment.

Fitting checklist:

  • Upper bust: too loose/too tight?
  • Full bust: enough room for the girls?
  • Waist: need extra for a full tummy?
  • Back width OK?
  • Center back length: folds (too long) or pulling (too short)?
  • Length/side seams: shape OK? Straight fall to hem?
  • Hemline: is it even?
  • Darts: do they point to the bust? Is the uptake enough? Are the darts the right length?
  • Sleeve: does the shoulder seam sit on your shoulder point? Is there room to move? Is the length good?
  • Collar and collar stand: check the notch position, point spread, length, and roll


Style checklist:

  • Hem shape: what suits you best? Mine is a gentle curve.
  • Darts: should any be unsewn?
  • Sleeve: check for shape and cuff.
  • Collar: is it a good shape?
  • Other style features: does it need side splits, pockets, embroidery?

Submitted by Helen near Sydney.

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2 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
Deepika said... (4/22/13 11:54 AM) Reply
another test
Corinneski said... (1/27/12 1:20 AM) Reply
Perhaps I should follow your example and be more methodical about checking for fit especially in tops. Do you follow your checklist before you cut out the material?

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