Regarding Alterations

If any readers of this blog use the pattern diagrams provided here, there will be a need at some point for alterations.

Whether you’re using standard measurements or your own measurements, each new design will require some adjustments to the pattern you have drafted and transformed.

I am not able to answer the wide variety of questions that can arise regarding alterations because of the very limited time I have available to post to this and my other blogs. Since I work two jobs there are periods when the time between blog postings is a long one.

For this reason I encourage anyone who has embarked upon making their own patterns to get a few good reference books for starters. “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing” and “The Vogue Sewing Book” offer detailed illustrations and instructions for a wide variety of fitting issues.

If at all possible, another good way to learn alterations is to take lessons with an instructor or tailor. Bringing your own project along for a fitting is the best way to become knowledgeable about the alterations you need to achieve the best fit for your garments.

While there are many good forums available online, the best way to learn is through one-on-one study with a patient and knowledgeable teacher in real time. Also, having a dressform is another means of getting experience with fitting.

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