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Fitting Tutorials

Learn how to fit sleeves and the bust of your dressmaking patterns with these useful tutorials.

How To: Full Bicep Adjustment - Increase Bicep - Learn how to increase the bicep of a dressmaking pattern in this 'how to' tutorial. I will share tips and techniques for completing a full bicep adjustment, showing how to complete a minor amendment that affects the armhole and a further amendment that does not affect the armhole. I also show how to measure the bicep on a mannequin and on myself, as well as how much ease you should have in a bicep.

How To: True | Truing Sleeves (Pattern Cutting) - Learn more about 'truing' and understand how to 'true' your sleeve pattern pieces to match the garment pattern pieces. How to accurately measure curves and what to do if you have a discrepancy.

How To: Small Bicep Adjustment - Decrease Bicep - Learn how to decrease the bicep of a dressmaking pattern in this 'how to' tutorial. I will share tips and techniques for completing a small bicep adjustment, showing how to complete a minor amendment that affects the armhole and a further amendment that does not affect the armhole. I also show how to measure the bicep on a mannequin and on myself, as well as how much ease you should have in a bicep.

What Is? Bust Apex | Bust Point - this short, What Is? tutorial I explain the term Bust Apex and Bust Point. An important sewing term for future tutorials.

What Is? A Dart (Sewing) - Today I explain Darts! What they are, where you will find them in garments, what they look like and why they are needed. As well as useful dart terminology, such as dart legs, dart apex and dart volume.

How To: Find a Bust Apex on Pattern (without a Bust Apex) - Are you working with a sewing pattern that doesn't have a bust apex marked? In this tutorial I show you how to find the bust apex on a sewing pattern (or get as close as possible) to finding the bust apex. We will look at sewing patterns with one dart, more than one dart and princess seams.

How To: Measure YOUR Bust Apex and Position on a Pattern - Learn how to take measurements to your bust apex. Allowing you to position your individual bust apex onto a dressmaking pattern, or compare your bust apex to the one marked on the pattern. This will enable you to achieve a great fit over the bust area, moving darts to your individual bust apex

What Is? Dart Manipulation - Achieve a basic understanding of dart manipulation in our 'What Is?' tutorial. Learn about dart manipulation and what you can achieve with it. What out 'How To' tutorial for a thorough lesson on how to manipulate darts in a pattern.

How To: Dart Manipulation (Pattern Cutting) - Learn how to manipulate darts in a pattern to change the position of darts or create dart equivalents. Manipulating darts allows you to change the style and design lines of patterns, without amending the fit. In this tutorial we will discuss how to move darts to a new area on a pattern.

How To: True | Truing a Dart (Sewing) - Learn how to true a dart and tips for truing darts in this tutorial. Whenever you make amendments to an already existing pattern you need to 'true' the darts to make sure that the dart legs are the same length and the garment will sew together properly. The same rules apply if you are drafting your own patterns from a block/sloper.

How To: Move Bust & Waist Darts For Bust Apex - Learn how to move bust darts and waist darts to work with your individual bust apex. In this tutorial I firstly show you how to make a minor adjustment to the dart point and position. I then show you how to make a major adjustment to the dart, re-positing the dart to work with your bust apex. I share tips for raising and lowering the dart as well as moving the dart point closer or further away from the centre front.

What Is? Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) - Understand the term FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) in today's What Is? tutorial. Learn what FBA means and when you might need to make this adjustment in a pattern.

How To: Understand Basic FBA - 1 Dart Bodice (Full Bust Adjustment) - Learn how to do a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) in this tutorial. In this lesson I share tips on how to choose the best pattern size to start an FBA, and then how to do an FBA on a bodice with a single side dart. As well as how to reduce the waist volume of an FBA to work with your individual figure.

How To: Fix Gaping Neckline & Armhole - Do you have problems with garments gaping at the neckline or armhole? In this tutorial I share some tips for removing the gaping from the neckline and/or armhole.

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