Another fitting method









One of my favorite classes from conference was titled Working with Your Pattterns for Fit and Creativity, taught by Susan Lazear, a teacher in the fashion program at Mesa College in San Diego. Contrary to many sewing instructors, Susan is not keen on using fitting muslins. Her approach is to measure clothing that you already have in your closet to learn the garment measurements you prefer, and then to use that information to modify commercial patterns.

For example, if you have a v-neck  t-shirt that you really like, measure both the length and width of the neck opening. Use those numbers to help you tweak the fit on all shirts and dress patterns calling for a v-neck.

What a great idea! Simple, achievable, and a real time-saver (by eliminating making a test muslin). The only issue I can really forsee is if you do not have many clothes in your closet with a fit or proportion that you really like, which would be a bummer all around. 🙂

Susan also developed a software program named Garment Designer by Cochenille Design Studio to help sewists with fitting problems. I have not used this software program, tho I have to admit it looked rather intriguing. The main reason I have balked at all of the pattern-making software programs is the Scoth tape issue. The thought of taping up a million or so sheets of 8.5×11 inch paper and driving to the store every week for a new ink supply has no appeal. None whatsoever. Simply BOR-ring!  But Garment Designer caught my eye, so I may have to investigate this one a bit.

What are your thoughts? Do you use any pattern-making software? What do you like and what do you dislike?

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen

2 Responses to Another fitting method

  1. I wish I could take her class! I don’t mind taping patterns together, as long as the registration/hash marks are well lined up. I would hope that with software like this, you have the option of taping together, or sending a large image off to a copy centerfor printing on larger paper, after you’ve got all the tweaks worked out.

    I was playing around on her website, and I didn’t want to take the time to try and figure out what all the components are you’d need and then the final cost. Seemed a bit overwhelming and piecemeal, but I didn’t spend a lot of time on it.

    I love the idea of not using muslins. While I accept that they’re necessary, it’s a huge time and energy drain. You’d think with modern technology and methods it wouldn’t be necessary!

  2. I am going to try to find a Seattle area Cochenille users group, and also talk more to Susan about the software. I think you can download a trial version fromher website for 30 days…which I think I might do later this fall. Could be exciting!

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