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Date: 1/2/11 10:17 PM

I didn't see a similar thread, so I thought I'd start one. What are your favorite fitting books? The ones that you consider as must-haves?

I have Fit for Real People, which I really liked after I took some notes to organize the information.

And I just ordered How to Make Clothes that Fit and Flatter on Etsy for $4.

If there is already a similar thread, please let me know. I'm really interested to see what else is out there.

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Date: 1/2/11 11:27 PM

This thread and this one have some great suggestions.

Personally, I use Fast Fit a lot; FFRP is good for reference, and the one by the G Street ladies (name escapes me at the mo') is good too. I really like the fitting section of my 1976 era Reader's Digest guide, and the Singer Perfect Fit book as well.

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Date: 1/3/11 4:42 PM

I like SB's Fast Fit as Well, but for more unusual styles the only one that covers them is Fitting and Pattern Alteration A multi Method Approach.
It's expensive and if you are a beginner I wouldn't recommend it, but if you can't find it elsewhere it will be here. It's a text book and I find it a bit obscure sometimes. There is a new edition out but I haven't seen it.

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Date: 1/3/11 4:55 PM

Fast Fit by Betzina
Fitting Finesse by Zieman
Fit for Real People - Palmer, Alto

I don't like the very expensive "Fitting and Pattern Alteration" by Rasaband, etal.

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Date: 1/3/11 5:02 PM

In order of preference:

Fitting and Practical Alterations - because of the reason Nancy gave...it covers issues you never knew COULD be issues. (There's a NEW edition I need?! Greaaaaat. :rolleyes:) I'm a information geek, so it's textbook approach suits me. Yes, it can be very obscure, but I'm happy to have it on my shelf. BTW, I bought mine used...at a much more tolerable price.

The Perfect Fit - my everyday, go-to-first book. I learned w/ this book. I like the diagnostic photos and straightforward techniques (also with photos).

Fast Fit - because it's quick to reference. Don't care for the lack of photos, however.

FFRP - yes, that's right. Perhaps I'm the only one, but I just don't like FFRP that much. Don't ask me why because I really can't tell you. I've just never warmed up to its layout and tissue-fitting approach, among other things, and it's usually the very last fitting book on my shelf that I reference.

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Date: 1/6/11 7:56 PM

Eve, I have to agree about FFRP. I'm an info geek, too, and an editor. I know part of what annoys me is that the organization is just not intuitive. And the index is not very helpful. I think it needs an update to include more help on sewing with knits. That said, with that and PR, I finally "got" the FBA technique. Sandra Betzina's Fast Fit is worth having even for a beginner, but Power Sewing I found less than useful. Too specific to selected patterns. It seemed more like a sales pitch for her pattern line than a sewing book. And weirdly obsessive about vests! Honestly, who wears vests that often!? I often turn to the Readers Digest guide, too. Can't recall the title and am not at home now, but it's a great reference work and has both drawings and photos, which I find very useful. I know lots of people like Pants For Real People, but so far it hasn't turned on any lights for me. But I'm a relative rookie at pants and fitting in general. And let's not forget, with a drum roll please, our own PR sewing reference 1,000 Tips (sorry...exact title not at my fingertips, but you all know what I mean!)

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Date: 1/6/11 10:46 PM

I agree about the organization of FFRP. That is a big part of it. I think I'm also distracted by all of the ladies wearing lots of tissue paper and tape. I sometimes have a hard time maintaining focus, so the close-up diagnostics of Perfect Fit and the simple diagrams of Fitting and Pattern Alteration work well with my brain. Everyone processes information differently, so everyone's book preferences will be different. (Ironically, Power Sewing is - hands down - my sewing bible.) I think any of the books mentioned would be great additions to a library. I don't think I own just one reference book for any given subject. It's impossible for one source to be absolutely complete in its information, so I prefer to have options. And fwiw, all of the reference books I listed I purchased used - either here or elsewhere online. I have a much easier time justifying 4 or 5 books on one subject that way.

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Date: 1/6/11 11:17 PM

"Fitting and Pattern Alteration" by Judith Rasband

Fitting and Pattern Alteration: A Multi-Method Approach to the Art of Style Selection, Fitting, and Alteration (2nd Edition) Judith Rasband Book

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Product Description:
This textbook teaches students how to recognize, evaluate, and correct fit for over 100
figure variations. The book utilizes a multi-method approach that is both logical and easyto-
follow, and each procedure is clearly identified and fully-illustrated. The second edition
will include new information concerning figure evaluation, methods for working with
multi-sized patterns, and instructions for correcting garments that have more than
one fit problem.
About the Author:
Elizabeth Liechty is a Professor Emerita at Brigham Young University in Utah. She has taught classes to adult and student learners in the clothing, fitting, and tailoring fields.

Judith Rasband is the founder and CEO of Conselle L.C. and director of the Conselle Institute of Image Management, an organization involved in the creation of education materials on appearance-related topics. She combines 30 years of experience in fashion education and business. A veteran educator, she has taught secondary-level, community college, and university courses in clothing selection and construction. "




Purchased this book after frustration with other fitting books. Love the three methods of alterations for the same problem. Choose which one you prefer.

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Date: 1/7/11 12:24 PM

I've been tempted by this book but haven't found a good price for a used copy yet.

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Date: 1/8/11 9:00 AM

I echo both of your sentiments--FFRP is just not my favorite fitting book. I second the indexing frustrations, and also the difficulty in "seeing" how a pattern will take shape when the tissue is pinned to my body. in addition, I struggle with adapting this technique to fitting on myself.
Second, I have a hard time seeing past the models they chose to demonstrate their techniques. I'm a more-or-less garden variety adult who has gone through puberty, but has not yet gone through childbirth or menopause...so I don't find myself needing to alter a pattern drastically from its' original shape. I also tend to look at the pattern shape as a whole, and find myself asking questions like "so what does a FBA look like if you're not also compensating for an apple-shaped tummy?" I tend to go for Betzina's FF, and its' one-at-a-time alterations.

I have power sewing, but haven't really dove into it yet. I also have an old flat patterning book, which is less about alterations, and more about drafting from a sloper. I used it for a class once, but won't really recommend it here because it doesn't actually INCLUDE instructions about how to build a sloper.

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