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Posted on: 6/5/14 6:52 PM
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Since I buried this tip in my little blog for my 2 readers, I felt the need to put it here for the masses. Recently I've read more than a few bloggers sewing up a garment only to try it on after they're finished and it's too tight or too short etc.

So my tip is what I call Fit Stops. It's like the pit stop on the track for race cars. A quick stop to make sure everything is in order, make adjustments, replacements and anything else in order to proceed in the race. Winning (a garment you're proud to wear) is the goal.

When sewing a top my first Fit Stop is after the shoulder seams are sewn. I put it on check the neck, armhole, length, circumference etc

On skirts and pants I usually sew up just the waistband to see if I'm in the right size. I might sew up 2 sizes if I'm in between sizes...

Dresses with waist seams I treats sorta like separate pieces. No reason to sew up the whole thing to find out the shirt is too tight on the hips...

Hopefully you get the idea. Better to know ASAP than hours later. I try on the garment often during construction. So much I'm thinking I need a changing area in my sewing room.

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K_sew said... (6/13/14 8:17 AM) Reply
I often sew in a robe of slippery fabric so I don't end up with bits of loose thread sticking to my regular clothes! Thank you for the reminder to do the fit checks and also your blog...I enjoyed the flower scarf and made it for a gift last Christmas.
Oh2Sew2 said... (6/11/14 10:41 AM) Reply
Really? Only 2 readers?? I wish I had more time to read make some very lovely clothes! Thank you for the tip...I'm guilty of sewing too far before finding out I should have made a small adjustment early.
Laurie Lou said... (6/9/14 1:52 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip. I think we all do this trying it on here and there but you pointing out the critical places reminds of when it is best to make the Fit stop. Great tip! thanks!
ASiverson said... (6/6/14 2:59 PM) Reply
Terrific advice!
NhiHuynh said... (6/6/14 1:29 PM) Reply
Great tips on sewing in your undies. Makes perfect sense and would save lots of time. I'm sure I have a robe pattern somewhere...
carolrv said... (6/6/14 9:43 AM) Reply
I remember a Palmer/Pletsch book or class which advised "sewing in your underwear".
Merry G said... (6/6/14 8:49 AM) Reply
Short & sweet ...the way I like directions! Tks
SandiMacD said... (6/6/14 6:42 AM) Reply
This is sage advice. I recall my mom doing this for us as kids. Every few minutes she would be calling us over to 'try it on'. Fit Check is a perfect word for that. Its an essential part of sewing that I follow through with to this day for myself and family.
Sewnforever said... (6/6/14 2:37 AM) Reply
Good advice. Some time ago someone posted on PR a similar tip to get an excellent fit. Sew in your undies and a loose robe so at every stage you can slip the robe off and into the project. No struggling out of jeans and fiddling with shirt buttons. It really saves so much time and my fitting has improved no end.
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