Create the Perfect Fit: Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions

Join award-winning designer Joi Mahon as she teaches you the secret to creating perfectly fitted gowns with any pattern in her book, Create the Perfect Fit!
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Create the Perfect Fit teaches the method that Joi Mahon teaches across the country in her design classes anduses in the studio every day with her clients.

Joi will guide you through evaluating the body, compensating for figure variations, taking extensive measurements and applying them to a commercial pattern to see how these vital pattern adjustments affect fit.

You'll love this book if:

  • You are looking for a tried-and-true measuring and fitting method that will create the perfect fit.
  • You want a method that works with any pattern, from fitted dresses to ball gowns, and works for all body types.
  • You want a book that clearly demonstrates the methods to create perfectly fitted gowns.

Discover how you can create a custom-fit pattern when Joi's 3-D measurement method is applied to all the 2-D patterns you have been dying to start!

Order or Download Joi Mahon's Create the Perfect Fit today!

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU U9383
Product Type Book
Binding Paperback
Number Of Pages 144
File/Trim Size 8.2" x 1" x 10.9"
ISBN 13 9781440239618
Author/Designer Joi Mahon
Customer Reviews (2)
Perfect non-threatening introduction to fitting for beginning sewers
Most people who sew love the construction part but dislike fitting - but you can't skip fitting because you'll never wear anything you sew if it doesn't fit.

I work in the apparel industry, and I stopped sewing for myself because fitting patterns is a bore and a chore. I took both her Craftsy classes, and I love Joi's technique because it's intuitive and skips the endless time-and-resource-consuming muslin-making and "tissue fitting" of other methods. I love how this book shows measurement points on live models with tape over garments so you can see where on the body to measure, and how that corresponds to the garment. The chapters include measuring and pattern protocol, vertical and horizontal adjustments, vertical and horizontal lower body adjustments (including tips on how to apply to making pants), a section on ease and polishing fit, then she has a part about applying the techniques to specific styles like boxy jackets, classic blouses, and ball gowns. Finally, she has several real-life case studies of fit on various people. Finally, she has some tips on applying the methods to menswear.

While this method won't cover every fitting need you'll ever come across (if you want to make really artistic gowns or high-end tailored menswear, for example, or you have some extreme fitting issues, you'll probably need to learn a more sophisticated fitting system), but this works for 80% of what I like to make and gets me to the fun part of sewing in the shortest amount of time.

One thing to know about this is that you do need to have a really good set of measurements of your body for this method to be effective, so you kind of do need a sewing buddy for that. However, if you are doing this all by yourself, I recommend Don McCunn's "How To Make Sewing Patterns" - he has some very clever tips on measuring and fitting on your own body.
Review by Kathleen (Posted on 9/27/2014)
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I just received my order 2 days ago ( 9/13/14 ) and have not had time to digest it. Review by Ellen (Posted on 9/15/2014)
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