Friday, September 25, 2009

Custom Fitting and Trueing by Connie Crawford

Title: "Custom Fitting and Trueing" implies for a total pattern. The emphasis here is actually on the top half of the body: sleeves, neckline, bust, waist, and back. I was disappointed that pants fitting wasn't included.

From the back cover: Volume 5: Custom Fitting & Trueing In a time of busy schedules and many fitting issues, this DVD saves the day with up-to-date garment fitting techniques. This lesson leads students through a shirt / blouse fitting project, including: selecting the correct size pattern, checking the pattern size, checking the pattern for front to back balance, side seam balance, and armhole balance. It continues with drape-fitting the project, fitting the neckline, shoulder, armhole, sleeve, and trueing the pattern changes. Mastering the vital fitting principles of patterns will help avoid common fitting problems after the fashion fabric is cut.

Content: Pattern balancing, bust cup size adjustments, correcting pitching of muslin, adjustments to paper pattern and muslin when fitting on a person, width adjustments at darts, how to "walk" a sleeve, adjusting the cap of a sleeve, armhole adjustments for upper arm circumference, fixing gaping necklines, use of the French Curve ruler, fitting for a Dowanger's hump, adjustments for womanly figures, etc.

Format: 65 minutes in length. Chapters included.

Video/audio quality: This was obviously filmed in her private sewing studio using family and friends as models but the video and audio quality are quite good. It almost feels like you are in the room with her because the atmosphere is casual enough. Some of her other DVDs have much poorer video and audio quality and she is clearly reading from a prompt off-screen. No reading here in this video.

Where to purchase: The best price for this DVD can be found at the Mccall's/Butterick/Vogue shop online, $35.00 USD. They also offer discounts if you purchase 3 or more of Connie's DVDs in her series.

Recommend to others: I highly recommend this DVD to anyone having trouble fitting bodices. If you aren't having trouble, I still think you will have several "A-ha" moments watching this DVD. This DVD is most helpful to people who think that taking in side seams or adding to the length of a garment are the only alterations that can be safely made to a garment. This DVD inspired confidence in me when it came time to make major alterations to the fitted bodice of my wedding gown that I was making.

1 comment:

  1. I have this DVD and highly recommend it also. There's definitely some great information in here:)


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