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I have found it fascinating how often people encounter the same problems when fitting a particular type of garment. As a result, I have developed these Quick-Reference Fitting Guides, which are illustrations to help you identify, understand, and resolve the ten most common fitting problems for a garment type. Not only is each fitting issue clearly depicted, each illustration also shows the fitting change on the muslin and the adjustment(s) to the pattern. These are great guides on their own, and they are very helpful when used in conjunction with my book, The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting. I currently offer a guide for a Darted Bodice and for Pants, and more will be on their way!

For information on downloading the guides, or for support on accessing your guide, please see the Download Information section below.

We appreciate your courtesy in not distributing these materials, as they are copyrighted. If you would like to share this resource with friends, kindly refer them to this page so that they may download their own copy.

Quick-Reference Guides to the 10 Most Common Fitting Problems for:

Darted Bodice

This Reference Guide clearly illustrates two fitting issues per page. Common width and length issues are depicted, as are bust shaping issues, gaping armholes and necklines, and sway back and prominent shoulder blade issues. Many of these common fitting problems can also be related to other types of bodices. The illustrations for the pattern adjustments are extremely precise and helpful.




This Reference Guide depicts one fitting issue per page. There are six additional pages of appendices that show helpful comparisons and further explain related pattern adjustments. While the Guide concentrates on front and back crotch fitting issues, there is also lots of information on issues like the back waist dropping too much when sitting, strain on the front thigh, plus much, much more. This Reference Guide is a small but comprehensive booklet on pants fitting!



All Guides Package

This Package includes both the Darted Bodice Guide as well as the Pants Guide at a reduced price.



Download Information:

General: All guides are available for instant download in PDF format, which you can print. To purchase and download a Reference Guide, click on the 'Download' button. A new window will come up where you can make your payment through Paypal. You will then be redirected to a window that allows you to download your purchased item(s). If a warning comes up that the order cannot be found, click the button to search for the order again, and it should come up. An email with a download link will also be sent to your inbox. All items may be downloaded two times, in case you would like to have the file on two different devices.

Printing: When printing a guide, be sure to check 'Scale to Page' on the print settings, so that it will fit on 8 1/2" x 11" paper.

Downloading to an iPad: PDFs download directly into the iPad program that reads PDFs, such as Adobe Reader or iBooks. If you have one of these, or another PDF reader program, open that program and search through the collection of files for the fitting guides. They are named "Darted Bodice Fitting Guide.pdf" and "Pants Fitting Guide.pdf".

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