Fitting
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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.
Beth Galvin
jacket muslin on mannequin
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If you want your hand-sewn garments to fit well — and really, how could you not? — you need to be using a muslin.
Julia Garza
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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.
Christine Haynes
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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.
Ashley Little
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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.
Maris Olsen
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When you’re experimenting with a new sewing pattern, you do not want even one extra thing to do. But trust us when we say that making a muslin is so worth the added time.
Beth Galvin
Teal Princess Seam Peplum Top
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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. 
Beth Galvin
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Embrace your shape! Adjust any pattern to fit and flatter your figure.
Jenny Rushmore
Jenny Rushmore
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Sew a perfect fit every time.
Sara Alm
Sara Alm
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Learn sweater-fitting basics to make your next knit look and feel fantastic.
Amy Herzog
Amy Herzog
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