Monday, 7 November 2011

Foundations of Fit - roll on Saturday and a Giveaway

Why is it I can fit my customers but really, really struggle to fit myself?  Is it because I can't see, hold, pin and measure myself? is it because I just don't know why or where it doesn't fit? is it pulling across the back because the armholes are too tight, too low, or not high enought?  No wonder it's a complete struggle!

On Friday I hope to de mystify some of these niggles as I am attending another Gill Arnold class "Foundations to Fit" on Saturday.  It's a day class aimed at blouses / jackets and covers the basic principals of fit.  I get how to alter for a FBA or SBA, I get how to alter sleeves for my buxom larger upper arms - I just need a hand getting it right for me.  It's one of the reasons I've been reluctant to put the Speed Tailoring class into practice because I'm always dissatisfied with the final fit.


To celebrate I'm giving away a copy of by favorite books "Fast Fit" by Sandra Betzina - or aunty Sandy in my house, because I always turn to her!  During my sort out I noticed that I had two copies.  So if you'd like my spare copy, drop me a line before midnight on Saturday 12th November; tell me about your fit issues and how you overcame them - I might learn something!  The Giveaway is open to all.

Also on a happy note, I bought this book at a sale a couple of weeks ago and was inspired to do some sewing yesterday - can't tell you what because they are Christmas presents.  It's a really great book, nothing particularly new or exciting, cushions, door stops, wash bags and pinnies etc but it's beautifully written and photographed and of course, full of wonderful Liberty prints.  I'd say buy this book!


Enjoy the remainder of your evening and look forward to hearing from you with your fit tips!

PS still no resolution to the fabric delivery issues, fingers crossed it will be sorted out tomorrow....

9 comments:

countrygirlcouture said...

My biggest fit revelation came when I started doing an FBA. Well, that and being honest with myself about my measurements. It really helped to have my husband measure me--partly for honesty, and partly for accuracy. It's really tricky to measure your own bicep! LOL!

Hope you get your fabric issues resolved soon!

Karin said...

I can't say that I've conclusively resolved any of my fit issues, but please do enter me in your giveaway!

atymetosew said...

Right now my main fit issue is with my broad shoulders and top back. I still haven't got it all figured out yet...I have a friend trying to help me measure accurately. Hopefully that will help. This book looks like it would come in handy. I think I need all of the help I can get.

House of Pinheiro said...

My neck is still my issue number one.. I can have fba by moving the bust point down and moving the dart but I still don't know what to do with neck dropping or too big.. Or ti high , I end up always adding pleas... I wish I new another way

Mareenchen said...

I've resolved too short skirts simply by sewing my own and adding a bit to the hemline when working with most petterns. I still need to tackle an FBA, though, so I can finally make a dress. :)

gill said...

I'm still having fitting issues with a pigeon chest! I'd love some help from Aunty Sandy!!

Ruta said...

Thank You for the giveaway, good book.
My problems: broad shoulders and hollow back. In general I know what to do, but to turn the circles before mirrow to check the adjustments, is very tiring. So, I made a "clone" of myself (with tape). Very useful. Can directly make the adjustments on the "body".
B.r.

Josephine said...

Please count me in for the giveaway. I can't say I've overcome any of my fit problems as I'm only new to sewing, but I can list some of them for you. I need to learn how to alter for a swayback, a full bust, broad shoulders and long torso. Sounds exhausting, but the clothes I make straight from a pattern still fit much better then any ready to wear.

Meigan said...

I can use all the help with fit issues that I can get. I have differently sloping shoulders, and an erect upper back, so trying to do fit adjustments on myself is very difficult. I usually do a lot of basting, trying on, unpicking, and re-basting.