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The following pages explain all the specific procedures you will need for personal fitting pattern adjustments. The changes you will make are divided into two categories. Adjustments are minor changes that are made “in the flat” on your pattern tissue before you cut your fabric or muslin.
Note: Test any changes to a pattern first in a fabric other than your fashion fabric. This test fabric should have the same general characteristics as your fashion fabric. Once you become familiar with the differences in your body contours and the patterns, you may be able to skip this step.
All the changes are clearly illustrated for you. Only the front pattern pieces are shown for adjustments, since equal changes are made for the front and back pattern pieces. So that you may relate your adjustments to everything you sew, we will also show you how to make them on other basic shapes, (princess lines, raglan sleeves, etc.) when applicable.
Alterations are major changes that are made on the muslin fitting shell to ensure they will relate to your body contours. Alterations are more localized, may not require changes on both front and back pieces, and thus only the affected pieces are shown. Our dedicated section, Advanced Pattern Alterations, has more details on alteration.
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