The Smart Fitting DVD series consists of 3 discs. The discs' subjects
are as follows.
Disc 1 - Fitting the Upper Torso: Kenneth fits an asymmetrical figure
in this disc. He fits a tunic top pattern on 1 body in this disc.
Disc 2 - Fitting Jackets: Kenneth fit 3 separate jacket patterns on 3
bodies in this disc. This disc seemed (to me) to have the largest
number of demonstrated fit adjustments of the set.
Disc 3 - Fitting Skirts and Trousers: On this disc, Kenneth fit 1 skirt
and 2 pants (trousers) patterns on 3 different bodies.
All in all, 7 different patterns were fit on different bodies throughout
this set of DVDs. Within each disc, the fit sessions were broken up
with "Professor King Says" mini-lesson interludes.
Kenneth D. King goes over principles of fit as opposed to every possible
I really enjoyed Kenneth's straightforward fitting process with each of
the fit models. He came across as impressively non-judgmental with
regard to body size. In contrast, I have another fitting DVD where the
instructor extolled the virtues of the svelte model and said
nothing/skipped over discussing the larger models' figures.
I also liked Kenneth's "Fit the body, never mind 'the right way'"
attitude. I think that is a validating thing to see an expert couturier
advocate such a mindset.
I liked the content of the "Professor King Says" segments. Those
segments demonstrate lots of different techniques (including how to use the straight ruler like a ninja!)
The Smart Fitting DVDs are good supplement to the Threads series of articles of the same title.
A personal pro for me is that I have/recognized 2 of the patterns fitted
on the video.
I think that self-fitting could be very challenging with the method
This seems nitpicky, but (hey I had to put some cons, right?)...some of
the music/"Professor King Says" intros are a little hokey.
A personal con for me: I need to figure out how to bookmark the DVDs for quicker future reference.
I enjoyed the interview with Kenneth D. King at the end of the series.
It was enlightening and entertaining to hear an autobiography of his
The fitting principles show something for everyone.
If you happen to match the body type of one of the models, you are
golden. If not, you will still find the info useful.
If you took the Craftsy Jean-ius class, you will still learn new
techniques with these DVDs. I learned a lot about pattern work with
Kenneth D. King's Craftsy class, and learned way more with these DVDs.
As I mentioned above, I am pleased to have bought the Smart Fitting
DVDs. I've already used what I've learned to fix the inseam, side seam, and back waist of my Jean-ius pattern. Color me pleased!!