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Posted by: MaryLynn in Long Beach

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Posted on: 2/18/06 1:58 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 36 people   
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I am really reluctant to share this picture, but the info is too important to keep.

I was using fabrics on hand for a fitting muslin of a new (for me) pant pattern and had my DH take pictures so I could study the problems. The photos are much more revealing of problems than the mirror.

Because I was using FoH, the front and back were of different fabrics. It was MUCH easier to discern which issues were 'front' and which were 'back'.

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sherri2sew said... (6/24/07 7:55 PM) Reply
Where'd you get that picture of me???? Well, it could have been. Absolute genius for you to see that something so simple ( 2 different fabrics) made it so much easier to see what alterations were needed. We are in your debt.
luckypenny said... (5/15/07 10:31 AM) Reply
Very helpful as I have been trying to figure out how to make pants fit me as well. Also, I read your pants story in your bio......very entertaining, but most of all helpful. New to the boards, but have learned so much already. Love you guys!
Danielle said... (5/28/06 6:59 PM) Reply
Wow! I wish I had thought of that before! This makes it so crystal clear if seams are straight and /or in the right place!
Tall Mary said... (5/27/06 2:21 PM) Reply
I am in awe over your tip. I will immediately begin to use this before I try any patterns before I begin to cut out my good fabric. Thanks.
oracle said... (4/30/06 8:42 AM) Reply
Thanks for a wonderful tip. I'm going to use it, too. I read your pants fitting story. You're a good writer, too!
luckypenny said... (3/3/06 12:37 PM) Reply
Very helpful as I have been trying to figure out how to make pants fit me as well. Also, I read your pants story in your bio......very entertaining, but most of all helpful. New to the boards, but have learned so much already. Love you guys!
bunz said... (2/28/06 8:05 PM) Reply
Many, many thanks for sharing. Your instincts were right -- this is a fantastic idea!!
inkyannie said... (2/26/06 6:40 PM) Reply
What a great idea. Jeez o Pete, Vasellese, I didn't know that feature existed! Thank you for mentioning it. I always print these tips and have a very unorganized pile of paper. I probably couldn't find anything in that stack if I tried. I will start using this and maybe go back to some of the ones I have printed and put them in my favorites. Ah well, one of these days I will get organized.
AliceB said... (2/24/06 6:09 PM) Reply
This is a WONDERFUL instructional picture and worth many thousands of words. Thank you for sharing :)
Learn To Sew said... (2/21/06 12:23 PM) Reply
Thank you for showing us another easy way to see our fit problems. I would not have thought such a simple idea would be such a good one. This one is great!
Sew it seams said... (2/21/06 11:32 AM) Reply
Wonderful idea, Marylynn!
Dellen said... (2/20/06 9:51 PM) Reply
Thanks so much, marylynn. I am going to use this tip on a bodice muslin -- I'm having a heck of a time figuring out exactly where to place my shoulder seam. I think two different fabrics will show me in a flash. Thanks!
sewnow1004 said... (2/20/06 12:07 PM) Reply
Thanks for not holding back this good info. It probably won't have been as distinctive with a smaller person. This could also apply for tops - fwd/backward shoulders or maybe anywhere where 2 seams join.
Debbie Lancaster said... (2/19/06 4:12 PM) Reply
Thanks for stifling your reluctance and posting this--what a great illustration. A picture paints a thousand words, indeed!
AndreaP said... (2/19/06 12:37 PM) Reply
Great idea! I just bought Fitting for Real People and have started to make a basic pant muslin, and I plan on using your idea. Thanks!
MaryFran said... (2/19/06 10:11 AM) Reply
Thank You, using the two different fabrics is a GREAT idea !!! I think that just may solve my fitting problem mystery.
Tov said... (2/19/06 9:31 AM) Reply
FoH- Fabric on Hand?
AnneM said... (2/19/06 8:16 AM) Reply
Too cute! Great idea on using the two very different fabrics. And how you can tell that you have to add some width to the back and remove it from the front. (At least, I think that is what you have to do.) I have to get back to my pants fitting project, and I will probably use this idea. I also can't think of what FoH would stand for.
G_l_e_n_d_a said... (2/19/06 1:08 AM) Reply
What does FoH stand for?
jr said... (2/19/06 1:01 AM) Reply
Thanks, marylynn. Great idea!
vasallese said... (2/19/06 0:55 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing. This is a good tip I am putting in my favorites.
Tov said... (2/18/06 9:43 PM) Reply
Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this, it will make a difference in my understanding of fitting problems.
ryan's mom said... (2/18/06 8:12 PM) Reply
marylynn, I have a picture to share like that in one of my upcoming reviews. That is a very good idea using the two different fabrics and it really makes it easy to see if the seam line is straight or not.
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