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Date: 5/9/13 6:03 PM

I don't complain often but this has been bugging me. I turn to an article on fitting and go to read it since I am still working at perfecting the fit on my clothes - - I need all the help I can get....
The first of the article starts by saying measure your favorite article of clothing. OK if what I had fit marvelously, I would not need to read an article about fitting. If RTW or whatever I already made fit perfectly, I would say "Yes I have mastered it."
Fitting means I want to learn how to change something to make it better, not duplicate something someone else, or I myself have done in the past.

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Date: 5/9/13 6:11 PM

Well, maybe you're like me and some things fit well in the waist, others fit well in the sleeves, etc. Than maybe measure just those parts?

But I understand your frustration. It's like when I used to go through recipes (as a kid -tying to improve my baking skills), and it would say things like, "make cake according to box directions" or similarly start w/ a box/canned product I didn't have on hand. If I wanted to make a cake from a box of mix, I'd do that - I wanted to know how to make one from scratch.

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Date: 5/9/13 6:23 PM

Allycovey, I'm so with you on this. I haven't bought anything but underwear and shoes for over 25 years(OK I did buy one pair of jeans 18 years ago, before I started making my own).

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Date: 5/9/13 7:32 PM

I with you on this. If I could buy RTW that fit all the places of my body (shoulders/bust/waist/hips/arm length) than I probably would not sew. Measuring a RTW garment seems a little reverse engineering to me, but once I started measuring my RTW and then took those measurements back to the flat pattern I was able to 'see' better on how to alter the pattern to fix my fit problems. I also discovered how much ease I liked in my sewn garments (the RTW garment minus my body measurement). Sometimes I want more ease and sometimes not. I think measuring RTW is a good technique to see actual size of the garment, which will help in choosing the correct or close to fitting pattern size. For so many of us (well, me at least!) RTW is a numerical size (10? 12? 14? small-medium-large) by measuring RTW and using those measurement in my sewn garments I realized how the RTW sizing is so random and really doesn't mean anything. What's important is how well the garment fits me. I struggled with this 'measure RTW' advice but now I embrace it. As far as I am concern what ever process gets me to a well fitting garment is the right process for me.

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Date: 5/9/13 8:14 PM

I feel the same way. If we could buy clothes that actually fit then why would we struggle to make clothes from patterns that don't fit either.

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Date: 5/9/13 9:21 PM

Agree with you completely, but it's not just Sew News. I have read articles by professionals saying the same thing. There was also an article in Threads several years ago where the author said the same thing about taking a pair of pants which fit. Huh? That made no sense to me.
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Date: 5/10/13 0:14 AM

I quit subscribing to Sew News this year, as I felt that, in general, the articles just weren't as useful as some of the other sewing mags.

I attended a seminar by Peggy Sagers (the owner of Silhouette Patterns) on fit last year, and that is her whole premise - start with RTW to fit your garments when sewing. Personally, I'd rather start with an actual body and fit that, but it must work for some. Her theory is that she wants to make it easier for women to fit themselves, especially in middle age, and that women turn to quilting because it's too hard to fit patterns to their middle-age bodies.

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Date: 5/10/13 0:32 AM

I guess you've probably never dealt with Silhouette Patterns before. Peggy Sagers, the owner, tells you to measure your favorite RTW garment so that you can figure out what will be your correct size in the patterns she makes. The back of the envelope reads as follows:

"These measurements are NOT body measurements. They are finished garment measurements and include ease. You must decide how much ease you like in your finished (garment). We suggest you measure the circumference of several of your favorite (garments), and use that number to select your size."

The back of the envelope lists full bust, waist and hip measurements.

Surely you have at least one pair of pants that still fit you the way you like? Maybe something close? Anyway, her concept definitely works for tops and blouses. I went to one of her one-day fitting seminars to get a pair of pants pin fitted since she was just four hours away.

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Date: 5/10/13 6:06 AM

The more we learn about fit, the harder it becomes. We see all the flaws that used to go unnoticed, and become far more critical of what we're producing.

I've got no problem with measuring the best bits of existing garments to get my preferred measurements for the next thing I sew. Unfortunately it seems difficult to get detailed as-sewn measurements from a pattern before actually sewing it. Fabric choice and handling can make a difference of inches (as I discovered today when my circle skirt waistline increased massively because I forgot to put in stay stitching as soon as I cut it out)!

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Date: 5/10/13 7:48 AM

I think you're exactly right! I recently noticed a very popular blogger that I follow teach how to make a fitted blouse by measuring one from your closet. I thought the same thing you did! If the one from your closet fit, just copy it!
Fitting is difficult because we're usually fitting ourselves. It's not always easy to measure ourselves and then know exactly where on the pattern pieces to apply those measurements let alone knowing the right amount of ease to add to which areas.

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