Free Stuff Friday! Win a dressmaking book from Barron’s!

Happy Friday everyone! Hope your week is going well. Here in the office we’re preparing for an upcoming photo shoot. The current issue of Sew News hosts a Skirt Fitting article by Ryliss Bod. We’re very proud of the in-depth article and are offering it as a web extra. Creating a great fitting skirt is sure to add a fantastic piece to your wardrobe and increase your skirt skills.

Dressmaking Free Stuff Friday! Win a dressmaking book from Barrons!

To tie into the article, we’re giving away a book today that will further those garment making skills. Dressmaking 200 Q&A by Mary McCarthy will answer all the questions you’ve always wondered about. With this handy book by your side, garment construction is sure to come easily.

You can win this fabulous book by answering the following question in the comments section below:

What are your fitting woes?

We will randomly choose one response and post the winner on Monday. On the plus side though, everyone is a winner this week. You can read up on skirt fitting and we will be sending fitting problems onto our Fitting FAQs expert, Peggy Sagers.

Best of luck and have a wonderful weekend!

 Free Stuff Friday! Win a dressmaking book from Barrons!
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113 Responses to Free Stuff Friday! Win a dressmaking book from Barron’s!

  1. Mary Angerer says:

    I’m short-waisted, high hipped and small busted, but I have long arms and legs–Plus now that I am older I have a large tummy and waist. No fun to sew for me at all, so I mostly sew for my grandchildren. If I were thinner, as I was when I was younger, I would be almost a rectangle.

  2. Brandi says:

    My fitting woe is jsut a fear of starting….would love to try though!

  3. tammy t says:

    I just finished making my first blouse since high school (approx 30 years ago). My neck to waist length is much longer than the patterns and my stomach is sadly much larger.
    I had a time adjusting for these 2 areas.

  4. Ester says:

    My Fitting problem now is post pregnant belly and hips. Hope it will get better soon. Concentrating now on making baby dresses for my 4 months old girl.

  5. Wendy H says:

    I’m just learning this stuff, and so far just being plus size is the worst aspect for me :( That, and lack of time!

  6. Monique Garner says:

    My fitting woe deals with full bust adjustment.

  7. Rusty says:

    My fitting woes are overall. I don’t like to sew for myself… it always looks better on my dress form, than on me!

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  9. Carol says:

    Not only do I have football shoulders but I have jiggly upper arms. Have lost h h65 lbs already and have nothing that fit well anymore. World love to have some new summer dresses to wear and then into the fall. I usually shy away from dresses because of this. Have been looking for something like this book for a long time.

  10. LadyRuna says:

    Fitting the upper torso: I have very narrow shoulders and a large bust, so have to majorly shrink the neckline and shoulders then add a LOT of fabric just below to make room for the bust then take it way in again for my small waist.

  11. Darcie says:

    Smaller on top and bigger through the hips and thighs! Trying to reduce the larger, but the top keeps shrinking instead. I need to work on doing more accurate pattern altering to make more flattering garments.

  12. Kim says:

    Many year I’ve sewen clothing for other and my kids. But never had a book to refer too. This would be useful now with granddaughter to sew for.

  13. Cheryl Tripp says:

    My biggest fitting problem is my bust as well. I’m larger there than anywhere so it is hard to find patterns that will fit in the bust area but not be so large in the other parts of the pattern. It is rather frustrating and I have a hard time “fitting” the patterns.

  14. JDEE MARTIN says:

    iam full figure, tall and hippy all those are fitting issues

  15. barb surman says:

    definitely hips and bust.

  16. violet says:

    I’m only 5 feet tall so I have to petite everything on a pattern.

  17. Mrs.Crumba says:

    My fitting woes are trying to find and/or make shirts that accommodate an hourglass waist with large breasts and upper arms without looking like maternity I’m in maternity.

  18. Leslie says:

    I consistently have fitting issues with my bust. I have an awesome sewing teacher who shows me how to make the necessary pattern adjustments for a proper fit. However, the finished garments just don’t seem to get past that ‘homemade look’. Please help.

  19. Cindy Cockburn says:

    I have a problem with darts.

  20. I have a basketball player’s arms. I either make short sleeved shirts or need to make sure the pattern has enough fabric to make sure the sleeve length is correct.

  21. Patricia Lenhart says:

    The crotch depth in pants.

  22. Stacy says:

    I have broad shoulders and the area from my neck to my bust is smaller than what most patterns draft for. Depending on the neckline, I’m always having to shorten that area.

  23. Deb E. says:

    I’m another one with no hips. I buy the smallest pants and take them in. I admit to sometimes shopping in the children’s section since the clingy pants fit me (no kidding large girls, sometimes XL girls but not sometimes too cutesy of a print).

  24. Sandra says:

    My most frustrating fitting challenge is getting anything to look good with my protruding belly and back side.

  25. Mama Lusco says:

    Waist , hips & butt :)

  26. Gen says:

    My fitting woes?
    1. Extra, extra large upper arms. I’ve tried to deal with this, but sometimes trying to ease all that fabric gives me a bit of a puffy sleeve (80′s much?). Also, any cool/fancy sleeve designs end up getting left on the cutting room floor
    2. Full bust. I really need someone to walk me through the process in person, but those kinds of workshops never seem to be offered in my area.
    3. Round belly/flat-ish butt/relatively narrow waist. I My waist is about 1-2 sizes smaller than my hip measurement, but the fullness is all in the front. :(

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  28. Linda Rock says:

    Oh yee, the woes of self fitting! I am a plus size women that always has issues with the waistbands on pants coming up way too high, almost under my bust! Add that to a larger bustline and muscular upper arms, fitting can sometimes be a nightmare.
    I think we all have numerous fitting woes and some of them we haven’t even discovered yet!

  29. Christy Link says:

    My problem is I have a large bust and small waste. If it fits on the top its don’t on the bottom or the other way around. If I had a dress form I think I could adjust things to fit but – we can’t have everything. LOL
    I also have narrow shoulders and a short waist. Can you help?

  30. Sharon P says:

    My biggest fitting woe is my hip area, if I manage to fix the crotch good there are lines across the rear and vice versa. There must be an answer or easy solution for both.

  31. Dawna says:

    Consistantly my fitting woe was each if my daughter’s bustline. Everything always had to be adjusted. Patterns aren’t for people with big bust lines lol

  32. Terry Schultz says:

    “Hips”! My mother always told me I had none. I didn’t believe her until I tried on a pair of pinstriped pants and they looked awful. They bagged at the hips and I didn’t know how to fix them.

  33. Teri V. says:

    I would love to make clothes for myself. I don’t because, I am to intimidated to do it. I am a larger lady and I can’t stand anything that is tight fitting. This would be a great start for me to start making clothes for myself…

  34. Rose C says:

    My biggest fitting woe is the fact I am short and extremely round so I can never find clothes that fit me. They are either too baggy and too long or fits in length and too small. I would love to be able to make my own fitted clothing that is just right for me. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  35. HollyT says:

    Finding a great sewing form that will adjust too multiple sizes! I’m short and my weight varies.

  36. Michelle Shook says:

    My short waist seems to be my biggest problem in fitting, but long legs, stomach, you name it. Sometimes it gets really frustrating with a pattern to make all the changes necessary and then if you make one miscalculation all that work is for nothing.

  37. Rebekah Askren says:

    I have a large waist, but not much in the hips/buttocks area, so I have a hard time fitting the thighs to match.

  38. Beth v. says:

    Chest. I am figuring out a full-bust adjustment (34D with a 28 inch waist-my shirts never fit quite right). Also, sleeves. I have large upper arms and sleeves always seem too tight.

  39. Stefania says:

    My hips and belly are my distress. When it’s possible, I always adjust my clothes, so I can mask those areas and focus the attention to the rest (and best!) of my body.

  40. jean massey says:

    my btline and hips they give grief!! so ahd to put a pattern together that fits

  41. Heidi Rickner says:

    I have a problem with all areas of fitting a garment. Because of this I do not sew for myself. I love to sew, but stick to projects that do not need to be fitted or need zippers. Would love to be able to sew any garment with confidence.

  42. Donna Mak says:

    Fitting the waist and hips have always been a problem for me.

  43. Jill W says:

    I’ve not made anything fitted for myself yet so it is all intimidating to me right now.

  44. Jeanne says:

    I have “football player” shoulders and am also “well endowed” which means that I usually need a top (womens) that is at least two sizes larger than the bottom (misses) sizing. I do lots of fitting and re-fitting and buying separates. The good news is that I am down about 65 lbs and as I have also “toned up” the body clothes are easier to fit! I am thankful for the clothing construction portion of my “Becky Home Ecy” degree!

  45. Nell says:

    The protruding tummy. Hard to wear anything but skirts/pants with shirts hanging out.

  46. Jackie Goff says:

    Small shoulders, larger bust, short back waist length. When I make full bust adjustments, the garments fit, but are unflattering. Most of my RTW clothes are likely to made for B cup busts and I’m used to seeing that silhouette. I’m ready to give up on full bust adjustments! Also, with small shoulders, neckline adjustments get all wonky. Don’t even get me started on pants. . .

  47. SewLindaAnn says:

    Hate to write it down, makes it too real:) My belly is my woe. I’m dieting, exercising, and want to sew garments but feel nervous about fitting with it.

  48. Mary Mac says:

    My waist line is my biggest “fitting woe”. I don’t like tight fitting clothes and always need to let the waist out a bit.

  49. s says:

    I seem to have the most problems fitting the arms/chest/back of jackets. ;-(
    Nothing fits the way it ‘used to!’

  50. Savannagal says:

    I have never made a fitted garment. I have made many nightshirts which are nice and loose and fit me quite well.