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fit

the fitting room: claire’s recital shirt

Claire used a couple of adjustments that are common for her, and made two muslins, to obtain an outstanding fit on her Recital Shirt. She illustrates her fit issues and shows how she solved them in this post.

masha’s saint-germain dress

The Saint-Germain Dress practically screams “Spring!” Masha sewed this one in a light orange rayon twill. It’s a great Easter dress!

the fitting room: masha’s gelato blouse

Pattern adjustments can feel daunting, but the more you do them, the easier it gets. Masha shares her fitting adjustments, and how long it took her to make them, for a Gelato Blouse she sewed for herself.

how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment

Adjusting the shoulder width of a sewing pattern is a simple alteration that can drastically improve the fit of your handmade garment. Learn how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment with this photo tutorial. These instructions can also be used in reverse to do a wide shoulder adjustment.

how to do a high round back adjustment

Pattern adjustments are often necessary to achieve a custom fit. Learn to do a high round back adjustment with this photo tutorial. It’s a simple adjustment that can make an enormous difference in the fit of a garment.

how to add a bust dart to a dartless pattern

If your bust is larger than a B cup, you might want to make adjustments to some patterns to add a bust dart in order to help get a better fit. This tutorial shows you how to do it.

seven tutorials for fit techniques

Today it’s all about fit techniques. Here are seven tutorials on fit techniques from our archives that are filled with lots of helpful information for you.

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 do a full sleeve adjustment

Have you ever found when you are sewing for yourself that a sleeve is a little too tight for your arm or for your fit preference? If so, this is a tutorial for you. Liesl demonstrates how to alter the sleeve pattern piece to add some extra room or to make it narrower.

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!