Confidently Create Garments that Fit

A Guide to Your Year of Fitting Success

Fitting is generally thought to be a trial-and-error process. There is seemingly no roadmap, no sequence of logical steps to follow and no hope of ever getting a pattern to fit you. I’d like to challenge that thought because there is in fact a sequence of logical steps to follow that will lead to a pattern that fits.

If you want to know what that step by step process is and you have declared 2024 your year of fitting success, here are three things you need to do to get started:

  1. Download the Perfect Fit Guide (and read it). It contains the step by step process that will put you on the path to fitting success.
    You’ll find the link in my bio.
  2.  Take your body measurements.
    You'll find the Pattern Measurement Worksheet inside the guide with directions on what and how to measure.
    Watch this tutorial: How to Measure Yourself

  3.  Choose Your Pattern Size. Choose a simple top or dress pattern to practice on. You may already know your...
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Pattern Design Project: BRIA Part 4


In the last video lesson I shared all the pattern refinements for the Bria lounge pants. We altered the waist line, refined the hemline of the shorts and talked about the back crotch extension and how to alter it if you need to. Your draft should now be refined and ready for the addition of seam and hem allowances.

In this video we’ll talk about what seam and hem allowances to use, the steps to assembling the garment and a take a look at the final garment.

Watch the video now to get all the details for finalizing your Bria lounge pants.

I hope you enjoyed the Bria Pattern Design Project! If you've been following along, I hope you'll share your make in the In-House Patterns Studio Facebook group! Join the group HERE!

If you’re looking for more projects like the Bria pattern design project, I invite you to try out Ava. The Ava pattern design project will teach you to develop a new style from your personal bodice block.

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Pattern Design Project: BRIA Part 3


In the last video lesson we completed the basic draft for the Bria lounge pants. I hope the draft went quickly and easily for you. If things are looking a bit odd, double check your draft calculations, often this is where things get a bit off track.

In this video I want to share some tips on refining the draft before we create the final pattern. We'll alter the waist line, refine the hemline of the shorts and talk about the back crotch extension and how to alter it if you need to.

If you missed getting the Bria drafting instructions, you can get your copy by clicking on the image below.

Once you have completed the pattern refinements, you're ready to add seam and hem allowances. In the next lesson I'll share all the details on what seam allowances and pattern labeling to use, give you a general guide to assembling your Bria's and give you a peak at the final garment.  

While you wait for the next lesson to drop, double check your pattern work. I’ve shared...

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Pattern Design Project: BRIA Part 2


Welcome back to the Bria pattern design project. In the last video I showed you how to take the body measurements needed for this draft and shared some tips on how to interpret the draft instructions and make the draft calculations. Hopefully you gave that a try but If you’re new to pattern drafting, you may have struggled a little with understanding how it all works. If that is the case, you’re in the right place because today is drafting day, and I’m going to walk you through the process one step at a time.

If you missed getting your copy of the drafting instructions, just click on the image below.

After you draft your Bria's you'll have the basic shape and size of our lounge pants defined but there are some additional refinements and fitting considerations to make to the draft before we create the final pattern. I’ll be guiding you through those steps in the next lesson.

While you wait for the next lesson to drop, check your draft calculations one...

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Pattern Design Project: BRIA Part 1


'Tis the season for cozy evenings, indoor projects and handmade gifts so let's make your evenings extra cozy, your indoor projects extra fun and your gifts extra special by creating made to measure lounge pants for you, your friends and your family.

New PJ's or lounge pants are always a special treat, especially if they are made to measure in the prints and fabrics you love. They also happen to be a great pattern design project for budding pattern makers because they are easy to draft, forgiving on fit, and quick to sew.  

I'm excited to get started on this fun project with you so when you're ready, download and print the drafting instructions and follow along.

Click the image below to get the Bria drafting instructions sent straight to your inbox.

Watch the video with the drafting instructions in hand, I'll share some guidance on what you'll need to get started and show you the best way to proceed to make the draft go quickly and easily.

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Developing a Handmade Wardrobe: Part 3 The Sunny Knit Top


An oversized, comfy sweater is always the first thing I reach for on a chilly morning. The Sunny Knit Top by Style Arc is a pattern that I've had for quite a while. I put it on my Fall season wardrobe plan knowing that it was a little too oversized for my liking, so today I'll share how I changed the pattern into one I know I'll be using over and over again and give you two valuable knit pattern making tips that you've likely never seen before.

This week I'm continuing with the series on developing a handmade wardrobe. This is part 3 of the series and I'm featuring the Sunny Knit Top. If you've missed the previous videos, I promise they are very informative, so be sure to watch those next if you haven't already.

This sweater knit fabric from Fabricland is very stretchy with a stretch ratio of 100% but since this an oversized garment, this isn't the most important property. What is more important is to understand how the knit will "drop" when worn. Essentially this means that any...

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Developing a Handmade Wardrobe: Part 2 The Debra Knit Top


There is no question that knit garments are comfortable to wear and quick to sew but while most would say they are also "easy to fit", you may have found that it's difficult to determine what the final outcome will be. This week I'm continuing with the series on developing a handmade wardrobe. I'll share some tips on how you can determine the fit of your next knit project before you sew.

In Part 1 of this series I shared the Miranda Skirt by Style Arc. In my wardrobe plan I paired the Miranda skirt with the Debra Zebra Knit Top. As I mentioned in the last video, I'm quite happy with the results. While the skirt required very few fit adjustments, the Debra Knit Top was a little more involved, so today, I'll share with you how I determined the fitting adjustments I needed to fit the pattern before I sewed. If you missed Part 1 of this series, you can see it HERE.

When sewing with knit fabrics it's important to understand its properties. My first step is always to pre-wash the...

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Developing a Handmade Wardrobe: Part I The Miranda Skirt


How is your new season sewing coming along? I've got quite a few pieces all made up and I can't wait to show you.

If you watched the most recent video series on How to Plan a Handmade Wardrobe that Works, you'll already know that the Debra Zebra Knit Top and the Miranda Skirt from Style Arc Patterns were on my make list. This week I'm going to show you how those turned out and focus in on the Miranda Skirt to give some details on how I made that pattern work for me.

Here's a look at the finished garments.

I'm very happy with the results, but rather than just show you the finished garments, I do want to share some details of how I approached the making of the Miranda Skirt. I definitely have some things to share about the Debra Knit Top, but I'll do that in a separate video.

The Miranda skirt went together quickly and easily after making a few key decisions about the fabric, the fullness and the length.

For fabric I chose a beautiful print chiffon from Gala Fabrics. The fabric...

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How to Plan a Handmade Wardrobe that Works: Phase 4 Development


If you've been following along with this month's video series, you're likely starting to see how planning a handmade wardrobe can help you be more strategic with your pattern choices to make the most of your sewing time.

So far I've shown you:

Today, I'll cover development, and outline the process I use to produce the garments in the wardrobe plan.

The development phase is all about creating each of the individual pieces in your handmade wardrobe plan, but to make the most of your sewing time, I suggest you break down the project into similar tasks so that you can work on several garments at the same time.

The very...

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How to Plan a Handmade Wardrobe that Works: Phase 3 Conceptualization


Are you thinking about sewing for the new season yet?

If you are, stick around, we're about to begin Phase 3 of How to Plan a Handmade Wardrobe that Works. Today we're going to take a closer look at the patterns chosen in phase 2, decide on the styling changes we want to make based on our body silhouette, as well as the colors and fabrics that will pull all the pieces together.

If you missed the phase 1 and phase 2 videos, you might want to pause here and watch those first. I shared some great tips on how to decide on what type of patterns to look for and show to make your final selections so that you're ready for this part of the process.

Let's first look at pattern styling. I don't know about you but after choosing a pattern style, there are often subtle changes I want to make to the pattern to be more suited to my body shape and silhouette.

For example, I have a relatively hourglass silhouette and a larger cup size than standard so when I'm looking at a pattern style I know that...

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