Sewing Pattern Alterations: Fixing Fit Issues
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Sewing Pattern Alterations: Fixing Fit Issues

This extensive course on pattern alterations will help improve many aspects of your sewing skills
4.7 (4 ratings)
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60 students enrolled
Created by Ashley Hough
Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • This sewing course provides the skills and techniques needed to make pattern alterations to fit your needs.
  • Alteration tips to fix common fit issues with sleeves.
  • Skirt & pant alterations to adjust for various sizing without changing the overall design.
Requirements
  • There are not any course requirements or prerequisites for this course.
Description

Being able to do basic pattern alterations on various pattern pieces and different types and styles of clothing will open the door to many garment projects in your future. Pattern alterations may appear daunting at first, but can be easy to master if you break them down into simple, manageable steps. This video course, produced in conjunction with National Sewing Circle, will teach you how to alter shirt necklines, fronts and backs, shirt sleeves, skirts and pants in multiple ways- all of which will fix different common fit issues.

First, you will learn what tools are needed to perform these basic alterations, including marking pens and rulers. You will also learn about some of the different pattern papers that can be used when drafting patterns and making alterations, including paper for the whole pattern pieces and smaller pieces of paper that may need to be added to the pattern to complete an alteration. National Sewing Circle Instructor Ashley Hough will then begin by teaching you how to alter the neckline of a shirt pattern piece to make it smaller without changing the overall look of the shirt. This helps to fix the fit issue knows as a gaping neckline, where the shirt either hangs too low in the front or falls too far forward when bending over. While your shirt pattern piece may not look exactly like the one being shown in this course, Ashley will show you how to adapt the alteration to whatever type of pattern you are using. You will then learn how to make alterations to the upper back area of a shirt pattern piece.

If it is the shirt sleeves that are giving you a hard time in terms of how they fit, we've got you covered, showing how to make several different shirt sleeve alterations. These include how to make a sleeve larger or smaller in width along the entire sleeve as well as how to make adjustments for larger upper arm areas. The alteration method you will be using in this session of the course is known as the slash and spread. While this method works great for this alteration, it is also something you can master and apply to other areas of garments as well. Once you see how to make the adjustment to the sleeve pattern piece you will then learn what adjustments may be needed in order to make the sleeve fit accurately.

Next you will learn how to make various alterations to a pencil skirt pattern. Ashley will cover ways to account for a larger or smaller bottom and a larger abdomen. And finally, you will learn how to make similar adjusts for a larger or smaller bottom on a pair of pants. While skirt and pant alterations can be among some of the trickiest, Ashley will show you how to use simple techniques to make your clothes fit better.

In addition to step-by-step video instruction, this video course provides a downloadable PDF that includes step-by-step photos and instructions for each pattern alteration shown in this course. Use these as added visuals when making all of the alterations taught in this class and you are sure to have better fitting garments.

Who this course is for:
  • Sewers wanting to expand their skill set and make alterations to patterns to fit their needs.
Course content
Expand 6 lectures 01:25:18
+ Pattern Alterations: Fixing Fit Issues
6 lectures 01:25:18

We will provide an overview of the different basic alterations that will be covered in this course, including alterations to shirt fronts and backs, sleeves, skirt and pants, as well as what tools you will need to complete them.

Preview 05:12

You will learn how to make alterations to the front neckline of a shirt as well as the upper back area. These alterations help to fix gaping necklines as well as fit issues common with a narrow or broad back.

Shirt Neckline & Upper Back Alterations
28:41

You will learn how to make several alterations to shirt sleeves. These alterations fix fit issues common with sleeves being too wide or narrow down the entire sleeve as well as sleeves that are too small in only the upper arm area.

Preview 14:07

You will learn how to make alterations to a pencil skirt pattern for a better fit. These alterations include how to adjust for a large or small bottom as well as a large abdomen area.

Skirt Alterations
18:02

You will learn how to make several basic alterations to pant pattern pieces. These alterations fix issues associated with either a large or small bottom without changing the way the pair of pants is supposed to fit on the hips.

Pant Alterations
17:18