If you desire beautifully fitted and comfortable clothing that communicates
knowledge, poise, and a positive self-image, this guide will be a source of
satisfaction for your creative efforts. It presents innovative and tested methods
of garment fitting and pattern alteration. We hope it will increase your insight,
proficiency, and confidence and stimulate further creative experimentation.
We desire to meet the needs of the seamstress, student, teacher, lecturer, demonstrator, fitter, and tailor on both the professional and lay level. To meet these needs adequately, we have developed the following features.
• Each figure and pattern is realistically illustrated; each illustration was first drawn to scale and then photographically reduced in size.
• Each alteration procedure is accompanied by meaningful identification of the figure variation causing the fitting problem. Understanding the what and the why of the procedure is incorporated into the explanation, thus reinforcing learning.
• Each alteration is logical and appropriate for the specific fitting problem. We have carefully incorporated consistency in approach.
• Alteration procedures are presented in a logical manner. A subsequent procedure doesn't cancel a previous alteration.
• Each procedure has been developed to keep necessary restorations to a minimum. Restorations don't introduce inaccuracies.
• Each alteration example was completed on an actual pattern to ensure the completeness, consistency, and accuracy of the reproduction.
• Each alteration procedure has been developed to eliminate distorted pattern pieces.
• A choice of methods is offered to allow for varying abilities, purposes, or desires.
• Our approach encourages use of the simplest methods for a particular alteration, thus increasing efficiency.
• Illustrations are generally self-explanatory.
• Specific alteration procedures are given for multiple variations occurring on the same figure, since most figures varying from standard require more than one alteration.
• Alteration directions are given for the asymmetrical figure.
• Alteration procedures for basic pattern pieces are also applied to fashion pattern pieces.
• Part Two is organized for use as a ready reference.
Experience is essential to the sharpening of perception and to the perfecting of any skill. As you apply the techniques set forth in this guide, we are confident you will develop self-reliance and the satisfaction of knowing that you too can consistently achieve a fault-free, custom fit.
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