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Fit for Real People

Sew Great Clothes Using ANY Pattern (Sewing for Real People series)

Pati Palmer, Marta Alto


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Presented in a new edition that adds updated pattern industry news and revised rules for selecting pattern size, this easy and practical fitting system requires no measuring, no drafting skills, no muslin mock-ups—and it works with all brands of tissue paper patterns. Real people of all ages are featured in photographs that explain the steps of cutting out pattern pieces, pinning them together, and adjusting the fit. Special attention is paid to tricky challenges such as accommodating a full bustline, adjusting sleeves, or reworking a garment to make it more flattering, as well as alternative fitting methods such as draping and computer design. Metric conversion charts, charts for comparing pattern company bodice measurements, and a history of American dress design (Just where did size 10 come from?) make this book a versatile reference.

Praise For Fit for Real People: Sew Great Clothes Using ANY Pattern (Sewing for Real People series)

"This is the most practical and complete book on fitting the body."  —Clotilde

Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, 9780935278651, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006

About the Author

Pati Palmer is the CEO of Palmer/Pletsch Publishing and a designer and consultant for the McCall Pattern Company. She is the coauthor of Creative Serging, Pants for Real People, and Sewing with SergersMarta Alto is a teacher, writer, and researcher at Palmer/Pletsch and the coauthor of Pants for Real People, The Serger Idea Book, and Sewing Ultrasuede. They live in Portland, Oregon.