Pattern Fitting With Confidence

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by Nancy Zieman

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ISBN-13: 9780896895744
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 07/21/2008
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 218,178
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nancy Zieman is an inspiration to sewers, stitchers and quilters everywhere. In addition to her 25+ years as host and executive producer of PBS's ultra-popular Sewing with Nancy, she is the founder and president of Nancy Zieman Productions, a video production company; founder and former president of Nancy's Notions, a direct mail company specializing in sewing notions, supplies and accessories; a pattern designer and author of countless books including Serge with Confidence, Sew with Confidence, Machine Embroidery with Confidence, and co-author of The Art of Landscape Quilting, all published by Krause Publications. She resides in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents


Getting Started     6
Choosing the Right Pattern Size     8
Taking Accurate Measurements     10
Choosing Your Pattern Type     12
Comparing Measurements     13
Choosing a Streamlined Style     15
Allowing Design Ease     16
Learning to Pivot and Slide     17
Basic Fitting Changes     18
Bustline Changes     20
Dart Changes     23
Hipline Changes     26
Waistline Changes     28
Sleeve Changes     29
Shoulder Changes     32
Back Changes     38
Hemline Changes     42
Sleeve Length Changes     44
Combining Fitting Techniques     46
Combining Fitting Changes on One Worksheet     48
Typical Combined Fitting Changes     52
Adding Extensions     57
Fitting Skirts     58
Waist Changes     60
Waist and Waistband Changes     62
Hip Changes     64
Fitting for a High Hip     66
Hem Changes     67
Combining Fitting Changes     70
Fitting Pants     72
Determining Size     74
Measuring the Pattern     78
First Worksheet: Hem Length Changes     82
Fitting the Side Curve     84
Fitting the Crotch     86
Second Worksheet: Waist Width Changes     92
Fitting the Hip     95
Fitting the Thigh     96
Width Combinations     98
Increased Waist, Hip, and Thigh Combinations     100
Fine-Tuning the Fit     102
Checking the Fit     104
Checking for Wrinkles     106
Fine-Tuning Pants Fitting     113
References     116
Charts     117
Index     124

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Pattern Fitting With Confidence 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
amberstar More than 1 year ago
Unlike the directions printed on patterns or what you learned in grade or high school; Nancy's book on pattern fitting is unlike anyother. The book covers all those things that you never learned in school, but that you need to know to create a perfect fitting outfit. This is one book that I know I'll be referring to time and time again. This is the first of her books that I have purchased and now I can't wait to read her other books. This book is totally worth purchasing and using.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few years ago I saw Nancy Zieman alter patterns on her show. I tried her method but didn't have all her steps and went back to altering patterns as I have done for fifty years. I've been sewing ever since I was ten years old. My methods worked of course but now that I have all the steps from Nancy's book I have learned something new and will continue to employ Nancy's method, especially for sleeves. You should never be too stubborn to try something new, you might like it. There is never just one way to preform a task and you are never to old to learn a new method even if you are experienced.
Seabreeze- More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Nancy's books for her comfortable, relaxed style of instruction and this one does not disappoint. If you don't have a fitting buddy, don't want to use papier mache and just can't envision a duct tape version of yourself, this book is for you.
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