Let’s face it, this is a complicated topic. It can be difficult to fit garments.
It is possible, and I am here to prove it. It’s not difficult if you know how to properly measure and apply them to a pattern.
You may make some mistakes before you get it right. The good news is that once you have mastered fit, you will be able to sew almost every garment.
Live fitting classes were not something I had ever taken before. It was way too fast. It was also a bit uncomfortable to have my measurements taken by someone else. When I returned home, I would attempt to put things back together with my fitting books. The result was that more than half of the information I had learned was lost.
I found a few Craftsy classes about garment fitting, and was able to use them successfully. I have a few patterns that I am confident will work every time.
I have reviewed nearly all the classes in fitting and think they are the best on Craftsy. Different instructors teach in different ways so it is important to find the class that suits your learning style and personal needs.
Table of content
- 1 1. Joi Mahon offers fast-track fitting
- 2 2. Joi Mahon: Fast Track Fitting in the Details
- 3 3. Fitting Solo: Measurements to Muslin
- 4 4. Palmer-Pletsch Fitting Classes
- 5 5. Find the perfect fit
1. Joi Mahon offers fast-track fitting
This video is a great introduction into pattern fitting. There are 10 units that cover different aspects of fitting. The class includes a Vogue sloper template that will be used to create a template to fit all other patterns. This is the best way to learn how to fit garments.
You will need to buy the pattern separately if you are a Craftsy Member.
The best class is one that has someone to help you measure. Once you have the correct measurements, you can make the adjustments.
2. Joi Mahon: Fast Track Fitting in the Details
It’s all about the details when it comes to perfecting your pattern fit. Once you get to know them, you can customize your patterns.
This class continues where the previous one ends. This class follows the same pattern, and assumes that you are familiar with Fast Track Fitting.
There are eight units. Unit 5 – Fitting on the Real Body is my favorite.
3. Fitting Solo: Measurements to Muslin
It’s not always easy to find a good fitting friend. Linda Lee will teach you how to measure yourself.
Once you have taken your measurements, the course will show you how to adjust a pattern to make it fit. Then you will be guided through the process to sew a fitted muslin.
This class is great for learning how to alter patterns to achieve a perfect fit. I love the part about narrowing your shoulder.
There are seven units in the class that will cover various aspects of fitting. Although it’s not as comprehensive as the other classes, it’s a good place to start if your first attempt at fitting a flat pattern.
This is the class I would buy if I could only afford one.
4. Palmer-Pletsch Fitting Classes
You might have heard of Palmer-Pletsch’s fitting method. They were a favorite of my mother, and I was able to inherit a few of their books. They were a good starting point, but I found that Craftsy classes helped me expand where the books left me.
These classes are great because they show how to fit into different types of clothing, such as tops, pants, and knits. There are many details that cater to specific body types in each video.
Tissue fitting is required for these classes. Once you have mastered the technique it is possible to skip the muslin. However, this may require some practice.
After showing how to adjust pattern for various fitting problems, they use several different sizes of models to demonstrate final adjustments.
Easy Fitting the Palmer/Pletsch Way – Shirts and Tops
This class has a lot of detail for nearly every type of fitting problem related to sewing tops. This class focuses on bust, shoulder, and back adjustments.
Although the Shirts/Tops class does not address sewing a dress, (see No. Although the Shirts/Tops class does not address sewing dresses (see no.
The Palmer/Pletsch Way is Easy to Fit
The Pants class is similar to the Shirts & Tops classes. It focuses on how pants fit. This class addresses problems like flat bottoms and full tummies. It also teaches you how to make pants that fit well over your thighs.
It is a great experience to see the pants fit on a real model. This helps you to understand the steps required to achieve a good fitting pant.
Fitting Fashion Knits in the Palmer/Pletsch Way
The class begins by helping you to understand the different types of knits. This class will cover basic knitting and then move on to more advanced fitting, with adjustments similar as the previous two classes.
This class is very thoughtful and takes into account the different knits to determine which are best suited for tops, bottoms, or jackets.
5. Find the perfect fit
This class is perfect for those who love details. Although everything is covered, it will require two people to fit the garments. This class is more useful for me when I have trouble with a pattern.
It will allow you to take measurements that will be used to create a muslin. These markings allow you to cut the muslin and insert more fabric to make your garment fit.
This class consists of ten units. The techniques are shown on a variety of sizes. This was very helpful in making pattern adjustments.
Flat patterns are something I have learned.
The problem is not the body. “It’s the clothes that don’t fit properly.” Lynda Maynard
Although it takes time to learn how to properly fit garment patterns, it is well worth the effort. You can start creating amazing garments by choosing the right class for you.