I adjusted my Georgia O'Keeffe Blouse using the tissue-fitting method, or the "Palmer-Pletsch Approach to Fitting". Fit for Real People certainly makes you feel that this new method is going to change your life forever. And it's a perfectly fine method, but it didn't really.
For one thing, it takes time to prepare and assemble the pattern pieces -- as much time as making a muslin. I did like that I was able to see precisely the waist, center back and center front markings against my body due to the tracing paper being see-through.
|The side inserts of this pattern replace the gussets often found in kimono sleeves|
But that small advantage is outweighed by the fact that the method requires a fitting buddy, like many of you commented previously. I would add that it not only requires a fitting buddy, but a qualified fitting buddy. As in, someone well-versed enough in sewing and fitting that they can actually help with the fit problems. It feels that the method was really designed for the sewing-class context, and the student-teacher binary. And in fact, it comes as no surprise that the book is the result of the authors' 20+ years of teaching experience.
|You can see clearly in here that Center Back is not positioned properly at the center of my back. Removing one inch from at the bottom, and adding one inch at the top of center back was the solution.|
Conclusion: Tissue fitting is not particularly better than muslins. But I think I now understand why so many of you are so fond of Swedish tracing paper: It offers the best of both world. You get to write on it and see-through it like tracing paper, but you can also sew it like a muslin. And use the unpicked muslin as final pattern pieces. Brilliant.