Quick Tip Tuesday: Follow Edith’s Advice


Don’t confuse the ability to zip or button a garment closed with “a perfect fit”. There are loads of good books and online classes on fitting, and if you are a serious garment sewist it is great skill to add to your toolkit. Yes, it will take some time and some practice to improve, but in the long run your new knowledge will serve you well.

If you are interested in recommendations for resources, I especially like Sarah Veblen’s book titled The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, and the online Craftsy class Sew the Perfect Fit. (Please note these links are affiliate links, and I will make a few pennies if you decide to purchase after clicking them! Thanks for your support!) There are loads of other options out there, and plenty of fitting systems. Experiment, try out as many as you have the time, money, or energy for, and decide for yourself what system works best for you.

What fitting systems or resources do you like? Is getting a good fit hard for you? Do you love the challenge of figuring out how to get a great fit? I’d LOVE to hear more from you!!

Happy sewing!




9 Responses to Quick Tip Tuesday: Follow Edith’s Advice

    • That was the first Craftsy class I took, and I really love it! Of course, I am a big Lynda Maynard fan, too, but I think the class is very well done. Try it! (in your spare time, hehe!)

  1. I cannot get a good fit in upper chest to sleeve area. I must have a freakish body.

    I can buy ready to wear, and find a fit fairly easily, usually a Medium or Large (size 12-14).

    But when I sew garments, usually the biceps are tight, and if not, even when they look like they fit, if I push my arms forward, it feels tight across the back.

    If I eliminate the tightness feeling across the back, I look like i’m in a tent from the side.

    What gives with patterns and me?

    • Meant to add that I don’t have the same issues with raglan sleeves for the most part and sleeveless works fine. So now I just make things sleeveless and wear sweaters!

      • You don’t have a freakish body! What fitting adjustments do you normally make? Sounds like you need more room in the biceps, and maybe a broad back adjustment? Have you tried working with a fitting expert?

        • I guess I never thought that I had a broad back. I’ve always thought of myself as pear shaped. I’ve seen various bicep width adjustments, but the easiest one to do changes the curve angles on the sleeve cap, and the math geek in me can’t think that’s ok.

          Maybe what I need is a sloper? a knit pattern and a woven pattern that fits with the amount of ease I like, and just lay that over any other pattern and “correct it”?

          so much work. Sleeveless with a cardigan is the easy way out.

          • You are exactly right – you need a properly fitting sloper. I don’t know if you need a broad back or not – but what you are describing it sounds possible.

  2. This is why I struggle to sew for myself, getting the right fit even in store brought clothing is so difficult. I have a pear shape and and super tall. All the more reason as to why I should sew for myself I know but it is a skill I need to learn.

    • It is a skill you CAN learn Kylie, and the more you learn about fit the happier you will be with your sewing and your garments. Best wishes on this new area of learning!

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