Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fake people don't need fitting!

A trip to the library last weekend proved to be not only fun (isn't always!) but super useful! I found, among other fitting resources, Fit for Real Peoplewhich I completely devoured in a few hours! I'm sure you people have clued in long ago of this gem of a book, but it's all new for me and I'm loving it!

The authors argue that their method is the easiest and fastest way to modify any commercial pattern -- I sure want to believe it!


The idea of being able to work from any commercial pattern really appeals to me, of course, but I look forward to really putting their method to the test! I'll let you know how it goes!

My favourite aspect of the book, though, was hands down its wonderful body positive outlook (a topic dear to me: have you read my post on dressmaking and body image?). For one thing, there is an extremely wide range of body types portrayed which is just so nice.
Second, the book is peppered with cute comments like this one:

Throughout the book, the message is clear: All bodies are good bodies! And anyone can look really good in clothes that fit!

Tell me! Have you tried this method and do you like it?



11 comments:

  1. I have this book and I agree the authors have a great attitude! I personally don't find that tissue fitting works all that well for me though. I think a lot of their method would be easier with a fitting buddy, which I don't have. Which isn't to say it's not a useful book; I just tend to use the section on how to make alterations rather than the full method.

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  2. I got this book for Christmas and am working through it. i've done the body map with my best friend and that resulted in us literally crying with laughter - have you seen some of the places you have to stick that ruler!? The next step is embarking on the sloper which I haven't mustered the courage to do yet! Hope you enjoy the book.

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    1. The body map! Yes! That's next on my list!

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  3. I don't have this book but I did get Pants for Real People after seeing it on the trouser sewalong at A Fashionable Stitch. I have not used the tissue fit method either, but the book has the biggest and most helpful section of fitting problems and solutions ever, it was a huge help while making my own pants!

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    1. I got Pants for real people as well and I'm quite impressed so far. These ladies are really quite experienced!

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  4. I love this book. What really impressed me when I initially read it was how good any body shape can look wearing a well fitted garment. The information on analyzing fit issues and how to fix them makes this book worthwhile. I find it difficult to fit a papper pattern on myself. I do fit patterns on my packing tape dummy, (made from wrapping my body in tape) which is shaped just like me, with great success. For fitting myself, I prefer to make a muslin of the garment and using the techniques of Linda Maynard (Sew the Perfect Fit class on www.craftsy.com)or Sarah Veblen's book The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting.

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  5. When I first started getting serious about fitting myself I bought both Fit for Real People and Pants for Real People. Tissue fitting, in my opinion and experience, is unhelpful if you don't have an experienced sewing buddy. There's a lot of tissue prep time needed that could just as easily be used in making a quick muslin using up scraps in my stash—giving me a MUCH better idea of how the fabric is going to drape and fit. I do find the books incredibly useful in detailing what to do once I figure out what adjustment needs to be made.

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  6. I haven't tried this method, but the ethos of the book sounds brilliant! What a positive way to look at it!

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  7. fit for real People is my one fititng resource. I love all their little drawings that show problems and how to solve them. I tried tissue fitting once, but didn't find it successful-unless you have a correct dress form or a fitting buddy, it's not that helpful. I find making a muslin (or two or more...) is the best method to solve fitting issues. But like i said I do find the book helpful in all the fitting solve that it provides....

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  8. I haven't tried this method (I'm a muslin girl) but I like the appeal of it. Seems you ideally need a fitting buddy though? Totally loving the little excepts on the authors' attitudes though. And really lovely to see normal peeps getting fitted too!

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