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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Tailor to create fitting shell? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 7/21/11 12:36 PM

So I have a body that needs lots of pattern adjustments (FBA, narrow sholders, pear shape, etc).

I am really trying to understand fit, but I am failing.

I would like to create a fitting shell (Butterick 5678), but I don't have a sewing buddy to help me with the process and have really struggled to do it by myself (let's not even talk about how many iterations I have already done).

So this week I thought that maybe I just go to a tailor and have them do the fitting shell for me. Either from the pattern or they can just drape me and create a shell. But when I called a couple of tailors they acted so confused as to what I am asking.

Does anyone think this is a good idea? Bad idea? Have you done it?

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Date: 7/21/11 12:53 PM

I don't know how it is in your city, but here most "tailors" really only do alterations. So it makes sense that they might not know what you are asking for.

Look for someone who makes custom clothing, perhaps they would be of greater assistance. They may list themselves under something other than "tailor," before I gained skills in sewing I had a custom wedding dress maker make a dress for me....even though her normal business was wedding dresses, she was more than happy to make a simple sheath.

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Date: 7/21/11 2:58 PM

A dressmaker might do it for you, but it does require a fair amount of time to get right, and it might end up costing rather a lot.

How about making a duct tape body double of yourself? Then you can drape and refine the fit of the pattern much easier for yourself. A search on the internet will produce some more information and instructions for making the body double. It is best if you have someone to help, but it might be possible to make a version by yourself. I made one nearly fifteen years ago, and it is one of the best things I ever did.

My fitting problems include narrow, uneven and forward-thrusting shoulders, a narrow upper chest, a slightly wider upper back, a full-bust, and large hips.

Even with the body double and a basic fitting shell, it is difficult and time consuming to alter patterns, but does get easier with practice.
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Date: 7/21/11 3:12 PM

Irstanfill, you might be interested in reading about Lynn Rowe's experience having a tailor create a master pants pattern for her. I think it's a great idea!

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Date: 7/22/11 8:40 AM

@Sanibelle, that is a great posting and exactly what I am looking for. Since I've had a hard time communicating what I need, I may print out her original posting and take it with me when I visit some of our custom tailors.

On the plus side, I spoke to one of my former sewing instructors this week and she said she would be able to at least help me with a good tissue fitting...better than nothing. :)

Thanks everyone!

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Date: 7/22/11 10:08 AM

Have you checked at your fabric store to see if they have fitting classes and/or private classes where you can work on the project of your choice? That might be an opportunity to get the help you need.

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Date: 7/22/11 12:11 PM

That's great of your instructor to offer help. Good luck!

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