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The Bodice Fitting Companion - PDF eBook


The Bodice Fitting Companion - PDF eBook

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 *This ebook is only available as a PDF download for you to access from your computer/tablet/smartphone or print off at home*


Learn how to diagnose and fix fit issues for almost any bodice sewing pattern!

This ebook is the perfect companion for any sewist - from tentative newbies to seasoned dressmakers and everyone in between - giving you the tools to start tackling your fit issues head on with confidence! We want to show you that learning how to alter a pattern in order to sew clothes that fit and -most importantly- flatter your unique body can be painless, straightforward and deeply rewarding. Bursting at the seams (pun totally intended 😜) with easy to follow instructions, clear diagrams and tips & tricks galore, this ebook will transform your sewing practice, helping you to gain a deeper understanding of sewing patterns and how to make them work harder for you.

Covering four of the most common bodice types - darted, princess seams, grown on/kimono sleeved and cupped/bustier - this ebook will teach you how to:

  • Take accurate body measurements
  • Determine your dressmaker's 'cup size', and understand why it is important to the bodice fitting process
  • Diagnose fit issues by analysing your toile or muslin
  • Perform full and small bust adjustments for the four bodice types
  • Move the apex
  • Lengthen or shorten a bodice
  • Grade in or out at the side seams
  • Make a swayback alteration
  • Fix gaping necklines
  • Create more space for broader backs
  • Alter for narrow, sloping or square shoulders

This ebook can be printed at home on 49 sheets of A4 or US letter paper.