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Posted on: 4/24/10 12:33 PM
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I've had a renewed interest in fitting so I have been relearning the basics by researching new and old fitting books/guides.

Although I do flat pattern adjustments to begin with, I love draping the fabric and find that it is easier and it's accurate to fit this way, although, all garments during the sewing process still need to be tweeked as you sew.

Yes, fittings are a BORE and are tedious and NO ONE likes doing them but this is what sets masterpieces apart from the ordinary.

The Slash method, where one cuts the muslin open to make a needed adjustment which is done by adding fabric or by removing it, is a method I rarely see in books.

Yes, it's extremely time consuming but there are seamstresses who sew at this level of expertise. This info is for those interested in "as-close-to-perfection" as one can get.

Here is a web page that demonstrates this technique beautifully
It is from 1963 and it is shown using coats .

If you read through this carefully, you will also learn to interpret what wrinkles or pulls mean and the solutions.

I know you will enjoy it.


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XiaXia said... (8/31/11 10:11 AM) Reply
Very good advice indeed! Thank you.
bernagate said... (5/27/10 11:15 PM) Reply
i might just have to try this muslin slashing technique. As patterns seem to very rarely fit me very well, and I usually end up making 2 anyways. One doesn't turn out and the other usually does turn out fairly well, but I am usually just eyeballing and gueesing at adjustments! Thanks for the link and info! Happy sewing/altering!
sewtime said... (5/3/10 11:31 AM) Reply
Thank you for this great review and tutorial!
Laurie Lou said... (4/26/10 2:58 PM) Reply
Thanks...I'll go check it out.
ryansmumAria said... (4/25/10 9:57 PM) Reply
hEYjANE, Thanks for the heads up. I ordered one while there were still a couple left.
kws said... (4/25/10 8:21 PM) Reply
Sounds good, I will also but the booklet, because it is hard to find on the site, though I finally did, and hard to read on the computer. Thanks for the tip.
HeyJane said... (4/25/10 6:28 PM) Reply
Good stuff! I ordered a copy of the booklet from Amazon, only $4.
beejayem said... (4/25/10 4:04 PM) Reply

beejayem said... (4/25/10 4:02 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for that info! I was having trouble with the link showing the document in a huge width across my screen & could not seem to save it properly. Found it again at and that worked for me. And so old (information) is new (to us) again thanks to your tip!
ryansmumAria said... (4/25/10 1:34 PM) Reply
Mizliz, make certain that you are copying and pasting the entire addy. good luck.
MizLiz said... (4/25/10 11:59 AM) Reply
I would love to read this but cannot seem to connect with that website. Does anyone have any suggestions to help?? Thanks
Rhoda K said... (4/25/10 8:53 AM) Reply
Very interesting. I've only skimmed, but will mark it for a more thorough read. Thanks.
Catbird said... (4/25/10 8:41 AM) Reply
This is OUTSTANDING. Threads magazine has had some good articles by Kenneth King on the same method, but this goes into fantastic detail and greater depth. I love it. There will be no excuse for poor fit after reading this! Thank you so much.
Denise L Perry said... (4/25/10 7:01 AM) Reply
Wow! Thanks so much for this. I will be reading and rereading it.
Charrlie said... (4/25/10 0:10 AM) Reply
I will take a look at this one, also. Thank you
Tsal said... (4/24/10 4:55 PM) Reply
What an awesome tutorial on fitting...thanks!
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