If you find that some patterns are a tad too snug in the sleeves, don’t blame your arms — they’re just fine! The problem is the pattern. Commercial patterns are designed to fit average proportions. And not everyone is average, or wants to be. Fortunately, reworking the upper arm of a pattern to fit your dimensions is a quick and easy fix.
When it comes to pants, fit is everything. Even getting it slightly off can make the difference between a pair you wear all the time and one that lives in the drawer, causing a pang of regret every time you glance at it.
Positive ease: Sounds like a meditation app, but it's more like a top contender for Best Knitting Term Ever. If you knit, you'll need a solid grasp of positive ease if you want to nail the right fit for your garments. Once you knit up a piece, there's usually no going back (unless you rip it out, of course) so it definitely pays to know all about how fit works before you even get started.
For most of us, sewing pants that fit is like trying to solve a tricky geometry problem. Getting the fit just right is super challenging even if you aced high-school math.
Length is key to perfect fit, and luckily, it's easy to add or subtract length to top and dress patterns via a few different methods. Start by noting where other design features, such as the waist seam, land on your body — that'll determine if you need to lengthen or shorten within the pattern pieces, or if you can just alter the hemline.
When fitting a sewing pattern, we're accustomed to checking the standard measurements such as bust, waist and hip. What do these have in common? They are all measurements of circumference. But there's another dimension that is critical to getting a good fit: the vertical dimension.
When fitting your sewing patterns, don't forget about the sleeves! A sleeve that's too tight can be uncomfortable and a sleeve that's too loose can be unflattering. But a few simple adjustments to your sewing pattern can make sure your sleeves are perfectly comfortable.
The apex — the most prominent part of the bust — on a sewing bodice pattern is designed to give shape to that fullness on your body. If the apex of the pattern doesn't match your apex, though, then the fullness of the fabric will not match your shape, creating an unflattering fit.