seven tutorials for fit techniques

Today we are focusing on fit techniques. These tutorials will be helpful when sewing garments for everyone from toddlers to women. I’ve gathered them all together in one spot for you.

Tutorials for fit techniques

Let me introduce you to seven tutorials that have appeared on the blog in the past. You’re sure to find some good information here today!

1) 15 Tips for Fitting a Muslin
If you’re thinking about making a muslin, here are 15 tips that will help you get the best results and get you cutting and sewing sooner!

2) How to Raise or Lower a Dart
When you’re sewing and the dart isn’t quite right for your body, how do you move it to the right spot? This tutorial will help!

How to Raise or Lower a Dart

3) How to Make a Muslin to Test Fit
If you have never made a muslin before, you probably have got a lot of questions. Here we’ll walk you through the steps of making a muslin.

How to make a muslin to test fit

4) Fitting a Fairy Tale Dress for a Toddler
Here we talk about a few common fit problems you might run into when you fit a muslin.

Fitting an Oliver + S Fairy Tale muslin for a toddler

5) Blending Between Sizes for a Better Fit
What do you do if your body is different sizes at different places? You blend between sizes on your sewing pattern! It’s an easy adjustment that will help get you a great fit.

Blending between sizes

6) Lengthening and Shortening a Pattern
What do you do when you’re sewing for a child (or yourself), but the body that will be wearing the garment doesn’t have the same measurements as the sizing chart on the pattern envelope? Not to worry. It’s easy to make pattern adjustments to accommodate these differences. We’ve put together a little tutorial to show you how.

Lengthening and shortening a pattern

7) Find Your Size with Your High Bust Measurement
It’s not really all that difficult to find your size once you understand how pattern sizing works.

That’s seven, but why stop there? Here are a few bonus items for you! You might also be interested in our post on how to do a Full Bust Adjustment which takes place at the very beginning of the Cinema Dress sew-along and Liesl’s guide to how to fit trousers in her post Getting Ready for the Hollywood Trousers Sew-Along. In addition, be sure to check out Liesl’s workshops on Creativebug, Bust Adjustment and Dart Manipulation.


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  1. Dara

    Thank you “sew” much! I will check these out!

  2. I agree. So nice to have it all in one place!

  3. Shirley

    Does the classic shirt pattern have neck measurements printed on the pattern or instructions? How do you alter the pattern so that it will fit and the collar and collar stand will fit after the alteration?. Also if there is more than 2 sizes difference in measurements, how does one adjust for that? My “friend” is apple shaped and carries most of her weight in her front abdomen and lower trunk. Items that she has made if they fit in circumference are too short in front.

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