Fitting Solo: From Measurements to Muslin

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Instructor Linda Lee, Sewing Expert
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn how to accurately measure yourself and make basic pattern adjustments on your own.
  • numbers Observe how to compare your body's measurements to the pattern's measurements.
  • numbers Examine how to construct and adjust a fitting muslin for pants or skirts.
  • numbers Discover how to lengthen and shorten at the waist to keep the pattern accurate.

Course Overview

In this course produced by Craftsy—the popular online educational site dedicated to creative projects of all types—you discover how to measure yourself on your own with expert sewing instructor Linda Lee's easy-to-follow techniques. Start by finding the correct pattern size for your body and taking accurate measurements. Then, make basic pattern adjustments and evaluate fit using muslins. From there, you'll lengthen, shorten, narrow or widen a top pattern while keeping the seams correctly aligned. Once your adjustments are made, you'll create a fitting muslin, mark alterations and apply them to your pattern. Stretch your skills as you fit a pair of pants by changing width, knee placement, and both stride and total length. Ensure your pants will be comfortable and flattering by making adjustments to your muslin and pattern. Plus, see how to apply the same fitting process to a skirt pattern. For essential finishing touches, learn a waistband alteration trick and make final adjustments for your specific shape.

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7 lectures
 |  Average 20 minutes each
  • 1
    Measuring Your Body
    Meet sewing instructor and Craftsy veteran Linda Lee and learn how to accurately measure yourself and make basic pattern adjustments on your own for the best-fitting garments. Linda demonstrates her tricks and techniques for solo measuring and identifies aids to measure correct numbers. x
  • 2
    Comparing Body & Pattern Measurements
    Learn how to compare your body's measurements to the pattern's measurements. Linda teaches you the nuances behind ease and how to accurately add ease into your calculations. Finally, find your starting size and learn Linda's method for using the full bust measurement. x
  • 3
    Adjusting The Top: Lengthen & Shorten
    Lengthen or shorten a top for your best fit. Linda demonstrates how to lengthen and shorten at the waist to keep the pattern accurate. Grab your straight and curved rulers and learn how to add or reduce length at the waist, as well as total garment length and sleeve length. x
  • 4
    Adjusting The Top: Widen & Narrow
    Narrow the shoulder but still preserve the original armscye with Linda's inventive trick! You'll learn how to restore pattern lines when you need to add or subtract width to fit your shape. Then, make side seam alterations to finish adjusting the top pattern. x
  • 5
    Making a Fitting Muslin: Top
    Learn how to make a muslin to refine the fit of your top. Linda reviews what to include and what can be left out of a fitting muslin, as well as how to mark adjustments and transfer the muslin to the pattern. Finally, see how the muslin reveals essential shoulder adjustments and how to make them. x
  • 6
    Adjusting Pants or Skirt Pattern
    Pants can be challenging to fit, but Linda makes it easy to do even when fitting solo. You'll learn to make both length and width adjustments for pants, how to find the knee placement if it's not marked on the pattern and how to approach basic fitting for skirts. x
  • 7
    Making a Fitting Muslin: Pants or Skir
    Construct a fitting muslin for your pants. Linda will try on her own muslin and show how she evaluates the fit, marks the muslin and transfers the changes to the pattern. Then, learn to adjust for a fuller tummy and a fuller rear and reset the waistband for comfort. x

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Linda Lee

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Linda Lee, Sewing Expert
Linda Lee has loved fabric for as long as she can remember, so it's no surprise that she's spent her career working in fashion and interior design. She’s the owner of The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, where adventurous sewers can find patterns for distinctive garments created with innovative techniques. She has written several sewing books and contributed to magazines including Threads and Sew News. Linda has also...
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Fitting Solo: From Measurements to Muslin is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Helpful This gave me some things that I could use to make garments fit better. This course is not as in depth as I expected from Great Courses although it gave some helpful techniques. It is worth the price. If you are looking for a comprehensive course, this is not it.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fitting Mystery Solved This course lifted the veil of confusion on how to make body measurements relate to pattern measurements. I feel that I can now confidently create form fitting cloths from any pattern. As a person new to the skill of sewing I was very confused by patterns but now that I have watched this course I feel that i can tackle any project. I learned how to adjust patterns to match my measurements which was a huge mystery to me before. I also learned there are several important measurements that I would not of thought to collect before watching this course. Great course and a must for anyone who wants to sew garments.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Instructor I have been sewing garments for many years, but I learned techniques from this course that I wish I had known years ago. The instructor's actual demonstration of fitting the muslin on herself took the mystique out of proper fitting and pattern adjustments. Great course and excellent instructor.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good. I'm about halfway through the course and am absolutely delighted. I love the presentation and am learning invaluable techniques for my trade. So glad I decided to take a chance on your courses.
Date published: 2016-09-26
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