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!

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

  1. Mayra Carde-Valdez says:

    Full bust adjustment and large torso!

  2. Brenda Green says:

    Pants are my fitting woes. I mostly make baby gifts and clothes for my grandchildren. I find that sewing for them is more fun.

  3. Linda D says:

    I have a large high bust and sloping shoulders. This makes fitting in the chest/shoulder area a nightmare. Must be why I like boxy knits so much!! I do want to learn to improve my fitting skills in this area.

  4. Becky PS says:

    I too have a tummy that is a fitting woe for me.

    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  5. Joan says:

    Crotch length in pants. Can’t buy them that fit properly, and haven’t made a pair yet that’s right either.

  6. Sarah McKinney says:

    The bustline! I have to enlarge mine and shrink my daughters.

  7. Inita Bermudez says:

    My breast can be hard to fit. I started to make my own bras.

  8. Carrie Cunningham says:

    The biggest woe that I have is fitting pants in the crotch area on other people. As we all know people come in different shapes and sizes. I would also be interested in the best way to maintain the fitting records/patterns/drafts for each individual.

  9. Dawn G says:

    I haven’t fitted anything, but my waist and hips are the worst things to fit

  10. Cheryl says:

    I would love to learn how to makie a pair of slacks that fit me!!!

  11. Susan Yeske says:

    Because I wear skirts I pretty much make them all and have had a little success with making tops. However, I am an apple shape and making certain style’s of tops are a challenge. I recently tried a Paco Peralta draped top and put a muslin together & did a bit of altering to the pattern but after putting it together with my good material, well, my muslin fit better. I’m really thinking I could use this book!

  12. Marilyn Snow says:

    small shoulders and heavy arms.

  13. Maria Kievit says:

    I always seem to shorten people when I make something. It often is too short from the shoulders to the waist, and then also often too tight. Thanks for a wonderful book!

  14. Sue Haver says:

    My fitting woe is my bustline. I’ve purchased the commercial patterns that give the different cup size pattern pieces, but haven’t had the opportunity to try one yet. In addition to this, I do have the ‘middle age belly’. :( So no waist lines on clothes for me…they all cover the waist. :)

  15. Pam Davis says:

    I am very short waisted, but have long legs. Separates work fine though I always have a hard time with ready made dresses.

  16. Mary Ann Barbee says:

    I have never really fitted a garment before. I would like to learn but it is a little intimidating to me. I’m always afraid I’m making something too small.

  17. Derenda L. says:

    My biggest fitting woe is a small top and a fat bottom, kind of like a pear.

  18. Mary M says:

    Pants. So far I haven’t been able to get them to fit nicely. I have large thighs from lots of bicycling and stair climbing. If I get the pants to fit my thighs they don’t fit everywhere else.

  19. Penny says:

    I am doing more and more work for the neighbors, as far as alterations and such.I also Have to alter most of my clothes.
    Would love to have this book.

  20. Cathy Thomas says:

    Length is my most challenging fitting problem. I am 4 feet 4 1/2 inches tall. Everything is too long. To compound the problem I am overweight so by the time I get something big enough to fit around I cut off enough length to make another item.

  21. Marie W says:

    My bust are really small and the patters are always baggy in that area :( Would love to know to adjust accordingly. I’m just starting to teach myself how to do fitted garments. So far, I’ve not made anything I love but I learn knew things each time I try!

  22. Corry Vandermeer says:

    I have fitting problems in the bust area.

  23. Altogether hard for me to change a pattern to fit different sized/shaped people…

  24. Belinda Briggs says:

    Have only done pants so far, but man am I bad at the below the waist hip/ crotchety area. SO Baggy!

  25. Marge Lind says:

    Crotch depth and waistline fitting

  26. Karen A says:

    Dealing with long arms and legs. Just lengthening the pattern doesn’t always work.

  27. Marilyn Lefholz says:

    pants — heavy thighs.

  28. Sueann Walter says:

    Adjusting for a full bust, lowering the bust and adjusting for larger hips. My shoulder area is too small for the rest of me. Knits are my friend, but I like woven fabric.

  29. beth schaeuble says:

    Those low cut tops. How does one adjust the pattern?

  30. cynret says:

    Old lady butt, big bust and round back.

  31. I’m very short and very round – everything is a fitting issue! (But that doesn’t stop me from trying again and again to get some tried-n-true patterns to fit correctly!)

  32. Vicki says:

    It is definitely crotch depth and crotch length. I have a hard time with both of them and I never get it right.

  33. Carol says:

    My fiiting woes are long arms and legs.

  34. wendy says:

    Waist and hips. And ribs to waist. I’m. Not sure I have a waist.

  35. Patricia Hersl says:

    Easy–my rounding body. I have lumps where none should be and none where lumps should be. I give up and just make quilts!

  36. Lorie E says:

    Attaching sleeves to a shirt or dress is always a challenge for me.

  37. Jane says:

    Aging. Short. Large bust cup, no waist. Fit that!

  38. Tonya R. says:

    I have gained weight and have problems with fitting around the middle/hip area. If that isn’t enough….my height, broad shoulders and long arms don’t exactly make fitting too easy either!!! I sure could use that book.

  39. Joan L. Gadonniex says:

    Sleeves always are too short. Pain getting them to fit correctly.

  40. Patricia White says:

    My biggest challenge has been making a professional looking buttonhole. I have made my clothes since High school and just celebrated my 40th class reunion. Its the buttonholes that have always given me fits.

  41. Olivia leary says:

    We need patterns for the over 55 crowd that fit. Short and (let’s say) plump!! lol ;) . Menopause makeovers!

  42. Carol Gartrell says:

    I’d love that book. I sew for others….

  43. Joanne says:

    My fitting problem is tha tone hip is higher and larger than the other. That makes my wastline uphill and the center back is not in the center. I need extra eyes for fitting.

  44. Sherry T says:

    Would love this! Need help sewing for my girls….they are curvy….need to know how to adjust patterns! Never had this problem so I need a lot of help to fit them properly!=0)

  45. Beth says:

    My fitting woes: my stomach! Argh!

  46. Tammy says:

    I am short and a little rounder than I would like to be. I would like to learn how to adjust patterns so they fit me, not the average woman.

  47. Nancy kwisnek says:

    Fitting woes….customers that think I can ENLARGE their clothes.

  48. Diana Janssen says:

    Making things the correct length for my body. I’m tall so always need to add length to patterns.

  49. Patricia says:

    I have two fitting woes, my large upper arms and my large tummy.

  50. Jackie says:

    Udjusting shape in the shoulders and lower back area. Jackets often have too much fabric in the back.

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