So, when I took up sewing again, I wanted to learn how to fit properly. I spent many hours on the web and learned about the Palmer/Pletsch fitting approach. Using it, you mainly fit a tissue pattern and not your fashion fabric. Also, you do not need a muslin, which is great!
This is the Palmer/Pletsch book that explains the basics of the approach. It was originally published in 1995 I think, so the pics/clothes are a bit old fashioned. But otherwise, it is a great book.
Quickly summarised, here is the Palmer/Pletsch approach to fitting:
- Fit the tissue pattern on your body (as you would a muslin).
- Transfer the changes to your tissue and try on again.
- Repeat step 2 until you are happy with the result.
- Cut your fashion fabric (no need for a muslin here!) and fit it again. At this stage you can e.g. deepen darts or take away fabric at the site seams.
- Sew your garment. Congratulations, you have your fitted garment!
In my next post, I am going to review the Fit And Sew The Perfect Shift Dress class, so keep following!