The only online fitting course that will show you exactly how to transform a sewing pattern from a standard size to your size using a step by step fitting process that will have you altering sewing patterns like a pro and eliminating fitting issues one step at a time with confidence and skill.
> You are an accomplished sewer who wants to create beautiful garments that fit. You're tired of struggling with trial and error fitting methods and are ready to implement a reliable step by step process for recognizing, assessing and solving your personal fit issues.
> Altering sewing patterns for fit isn't new to you. You've got some good fitting books, watched various fitting tutorials and even attended an in-person fitting workshop or two but you often find yourself going in circles and spending your sewing time searching through books and videos for solutions to issues that are new to you.
> You understand that fitting isn't "fast and easy", that "fit as you sew" only works for a few, and you're tired of referring to fitting issues as figure flaws so you're willing to put in the time and effort to trust an entirely new process that will set you up for fitting success.
If this sounds like you, you're in the right place and I'm going to tell you exactly how Fitting Essentials will give you the tools, inspiration and support on your path to fitting success.
Here's what past students had to say after completing the course:
THE DESIGN DETAILS THAT MAKE FITTING EASIER
Learn about the design details that will make fitting easier.
Practice recognizing the fitting elements that work for you.
Get an introduction to the sewing pattern that I've specifically designed for you to work on throughout the course.
DETERMINE THE BEST PATTERN SIZE TO START WITH
Take your body measurements (by yourself) and record them on the new Pattern Measurement Worksheet.
Use the Choose Your Size Worksheet to ensure you pick the best size to start with.
Determine your potential fitting adjustments based on your selected pattern size.
GET A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE DESIGNER'S FIT INTENT
Prepare the Kayla sewing pattern for analysis.
Measure the pattern and calculate the optimal ease.
Outline all the fitting changes you'll need to make to the pattern.
MAKE THE PATTERN ADJUSTMENTS VIRTUALLY EVERYONE NEEDS
Make your initial pattern adjustment plan using the Pattern Adjustment Worksheet.
Perform the initial pattern adjustments you need on your pattern.
Check and refine your altered pattern for trouble free sewing.
PREPARE A FITTING SAMPLE AND ASSESS THE FIT
Cut, sew and prepare for your fitting assessment.
See a "real life" example of how to fit yourself and assess personal fit issues without a fitting buddy with guidance from the Fitting Checklist.
Get guidance on how to Read the Wrinkles and a step by step plan to Making Your Own Fit Assessment.
TRANSFER FITTING CHANGES TO THE PATTERN
Learn how to transfer fitting changes from the sample to the pattern.
Learn new and unconventional ways of managing pattern shape.
Check, refine and finalize your pattern for fitting success.
CELEBRATE YOUR FITTING SUCCESS
You have a pattern that fits you and a start on that beautiful wardrobe you've been dreaming of.
You have the confidence to approach any fitting project using the Fitting Essentials process.
You are ready to experiment with style variations on your pattern.
The live sessions were brilliant. You have the opportunity to ask questions and for Alexandra to explain in detail things you can see participants struggling with. Alexandra also uses examples to explain what people need to do. Being able to see examples of fitting issues was so helpful.
At the beginning I was amazed by the length of the course. But I needed every day! I really appreciated the time I could spend on reflecting and on finding the solution to my fitting problems myself. Although I needed help from Alexandra and the community at times, I felt that the amount of time we were able to spend on the garment helped a lot to gain the confidence we need for future projects. In addition, the Live sessions were absolutely brilliant!
Alexandra, your generous, organized and knowledgeable presence have really made this course exceptional! Your speaking voice and delivery style also made this course stand out from others. This course included so much more in the way of community connection, video support, patterns and downloads. The timeline alone made it well worth it. Pennies per second, there is nothing I have seen like it! I loved the lives and loved having all the pre recorded videos to go back to. I acknowledge that I can hear something once... be amazed and then put it out of mind! But reviewing the videos in each step was so helpful in refreshing my memory!
BEFORE ENROLLING IN FITTING ESSENTIALS
Unfortunately, due to the number of students and the format of the class, it isn't possible to provide a personal fit consultation with individual members of the course.
However, the Fitting Essentials Community group will give you the opportunity to ask questions, share fitting photos and troubleshoot fitting issues alongside your classmates. Alexandra will then take the most commonly discussed issues from the forum and cover them in the bi-weekly Live Q&A Sessions.
That's right! We meet twice a week for 8 weeks in Live group sessions and every session is recorded so you can watch it at the most convenient time for you.
As a beginner you will definitely find this class challenging but I would never discourage anyone from striving to improve their fitting skills, so the answer to this question depends on you.
Here is what you need to know:
The course is aimed at experienced sewers who have some experience altering patterns for fit but want to learn a more detailed approach to fitting. This means you must understand the basic terminology and concepts of garment fitting.
Garment sewing techniques are not covered in the course so you must already understand how to sew using guidance from the pattern's sewing instruction booklet.
The course covers in detail how to adjust sewing patterns to fit your measurements, proportion and shape, but you must also be willing to spend time assessing and solving fitting issues using a sample garment.
This course focuses on showing you a detailed step by step process to fitting a woven shirt pattern. The process is not "quick and easy" but you'll learn more about fitting than you ever thought you could.
This course is going to show you HOW to fit, by yourself, from start to finish. It's the complete process I have used successfully to fit my own garments and one I've been developing over the last 7 years while working with experienced home sewists like you.
You'll learn how to analyze the style, the sizing and the pattern itself so that you can replicate the style and silhouette of the pattern on your body. You'll then perform the initial pattern adjustments virtually everyone needs to align the pattern to your body measurements and proportions before you even make a sample. I'll show you how to check and refine your pattern so that you can stitch up a fitting sample quickly and easily.
I'll show you how to prepare your sample for a fitting session in a way that will make assessing the fit straight forward and do-able without the help of a fitting buddy. We'll discuss how to "read the wrinkles", but you'll soon see that relying on this wrinkle language isn't as important as you think.
Of course it doesn't stop there, I'll also show you how to take your fitting changes back to your pattern and work through the potential fitting issues that you may encounter. This course will give you the confidence and skills to recognize, assess and solve your own fitting issues with a straightforward process you can use on any sewing project.
You'll find that the differences are profound.
Fitting Essentials is a very comprehensive course and I don't want you to be overwhelmed by all the content I have to share.
The course modules will be posted one or two per week for the first 6 weeks and I'll spend an additional 2 weeks with you to ensure you get to the finish line. I deliver it this way so I can walk you through each of the modules and provide help and guidance along the way.
When our 8 weeks together is complete, you get continued access to the community group so you can interact and strategize with your fellow course mates. (Access to the Fitting Essentials Community will expire on February 6, 2024.)
That being said, once all the modules are delivered, you will have access to the course for as long as you need it so you'll be able to watch and re-watch the videos as many times as you like.
The official start date of the course is February 6, 2023, but just like any class, I've got a welcome message waiting for you inside that will tell you exactly what you'll need to do before the first module drops so don't hesitate to join!
Enrolment closes February 2nd and won't open again for another year.
The Fitting Essentials Community Group is an exclusive and private group for course members only. The group is housed on the In-House Patterns website and does not use any aspect of Facebook.
You will have access to the Fitting Essentials Community for a total of one year from the start of the course. This community is where you will interact with your fellow course-mates. As a member run community, Alexandra won't be there to answer every single post so I encourage you to share your advice, questions, photos and insights about the course content with each other so that you can make the most of the knowledge and experience that will be represented there. Alexandra will be guiding you through the course content during the first 8 weeks and the remaining time in the community can be used to help you finalize your fitting project with the help of your course mates.
The community is also the place where Alexandra will communicate with you and share the information about our Live weekly Q&A sessions. Each week you will have the opportunity to post questions about the course so that Alexandra can clarify your path and guide you. You will be invited to a LIVE Q&A Session twice a week for 8 weeks.
All Q&A sessions will be recorded so even if you can't attend live, you can still get your questions answered and benefit from all the information I'll share.
In short, YES.
I have specifically designed this pattern in a way that will help you achieve the best possible fit using the principals and methods I teach inside the course. Without the special features that I've incorporated in the pattern you will likely struggle more than you need to.
However, once you understand the methods and processes of making a pattern fit you as I show inside the course, you will definitely be able to apply the principles to other sewing patterns without these special features. Following along with the Kayla sewing pattern will help you learn HOW to fit. Once you have internalized the process you can apply it to any pattern you choose.
That being said, I realize that the gender and sizing may not include everyone, so what I suggest is that you use this project as a learning tool and perhaps follow through with the course lessons while making the garment for a friend or family member. While this isn't the most optimal solution for learning how to "fit yourself" I know from experience that learning how to fit on another person is just as valuable and gives you even greater insight into assessing fit.
Email [email protected] and I'll be happy to answer your questions.