First of all, giving credit where credit is due, I like that Threads Magazine offer their magazines/books in digital form.
The reason why I stopped buying sewing magazines and books a few years ago, was due to the fact that I didn't have enough room to store them.
I would go through the book/magazine and eventually they would end up in a box in the basement. This way I can have them all on my hard drive and it makes it easier for me to ACTUALLY reference them.
Truly, I have gone on many a fitting journey with patterns for example:
Muslins are never a bad idea!
That being said, what is so good about this magazine, well lets take a look:
A very good place to start and obviously it is a frequently asked question because it is first on the chopping block. They show how to length a straight, A-line and tapered skirt. The tapered skirt caught me of guard, good to know.
They also gave you a link to Susan Lazear’s printable measurement chart, it’s a free download.
Next is Measuring it Right, where they gave you 35 points of measurement to take for your body with photos. I think this was worth price of the whole magazine. It may be too overwhelming for a beginner but for anyone who is serious about getting their fit game on, definitely worth looking at.
Measuring and marking notions is just that, a list with photos of 22 sewing tools for fitting with online resources.
Does your pattern Fit? Before cutting check your pattern’s measurements against your own.
This section is about HOW to compare key measurements (illustrated in magazine) against your pattern so you can make the initial adjustments (length or wearing ease) before sewing the muslin.
With a gentle reminder that patterns are not meant to FIT straight out of the package.
They show how to calculate the wearing ease and the recommended wearing ease a pattern should have.
I modify my patterns all the time and I usually have to make a note of where I need to remember to subject ease by folding darts, tucks or subtracting seams before I measure the pattern pieces for width. In addition, I also have to do the same when subtracting seams and hemline allowance to check for enough length. They are also specific pant measurement in this section.
Fit for everyone – sewing removable covers to make your dress form work for multiple figures.
In this section Kenneth D. King shows how to transform your dress form into a true body double with a removable cover or stuffed bodice.
This is cool, I would love to make one. In fact, while I was reading it, I could already imagine the jokes my family would be making, watching me stuff the butt of the cover.
LOL, oh boy, do I really want to open that can of worms, hahaha!
And playing with that fusible padding would be fun!
Muslin Refined - a couture method leads to exquisite garments by Susan Khalje.
For the more patient amongst us.
It was enlightening for me and let me tell you, I have a lot of respect for anyone who makes a muslin using this method.
I remember watching an interview where a designer talked about his internship at a couture house, he was the person that “passed the pins”. No stitching, just pin after pin to drape the garment on the model. Maybe I will afford myself this self indulgence when I retire…
Smart fitting – how to identify the fitting issues, how to fix it on the muslin and then how to mark the muslin and pattern. The concentration of this section is the arms and back.
When I saw this photo of the sleeve drag lines, I immediately thought about the problem I had with Mccalls 6355. I ended up chopping it off but if I had done a muslin I would have been able to adjust the pattern. Drag lines are a visual clue that a certain part of the pattern may need to be adjusted when you are fitting, it really is up to your whether you want to fix it or live with it.
Fine-Tune the Tissue by Marcy Tilton.
I would say this one would probably be my least used section. I think tissue fit is great but I am very clumsy with manipulating the pattern pieces and I don’t think I judge the fit accurately; making a muslin is the next best thing for me, if I don’t think my flat pattern measurements are going to cut it.
This section is very thorough, they take you through how to pin and check the major points of fit so if you are interested in this, I think it’s worth taking a look.
The best custom pants – where they walk you through how to draft your own pants, my mom would love this!
I will not lie, drafting a pattern from scratch is not really my cup of tea but I find it very intriguing, I like that it was included in the issue.
The Focused Fitting section is my favorite section, I have big plans for this.
They start off with the getting good fit at the shoulders by diagnosing the shoulder slope fitting problems, finding your shoulder slope and how to adjust different types of sleeves to correct the shoulder slope.
Next sections are:
How to get the perfect armhole, making the perfect sleeve and adding bust darts.
How to fit a full stomach.
How to scale down a pattern, which are your petite adjustments.
If you are reading this review thinking, “WOW, that is a lot of stuff, my mind is totally BLOWN”, yes, it is.
I got my copy on sale and I’m very happy I did because while reading through the issue with the intention to write this review I realized how much great information it has in it.
Information, I would have over looked if I was just flipping through it at Joann’s.
And this maybe the only downside to the issue, so much information.
But I hope this review will help you decide if you need it.
Did I need it?
Yes, but I always need more info on fitting, it’s my Achilles Heel.
If you need it…. is really up to you.