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2010 May 22
by elizabeth_admin

And no, it’s not fabric…  *sigh*

I had a couple of gift cards for Barnes & Noble.  So I ambled my way over there during lunch yesterday and bought some much-needed fitting books.  Yes, I do read your comments and the general consensus from all of you was that I needed the book, “Fit for Real People.” 

Unfortunately, my neighborhood store didn’t have it in stock, but I was able to order it on line.  I did get the following books however…

This Nancy Zieman book demonstrates the pivot and slide method of altering patterns.  I have just begun to read this one.  But so far so good.

I’ve heard a lot about this book on the interwebs, but haven’t thumbed through it yet.  Can’t wait.

I could have used this book when I made my niece Katie’s dress because I wanted to add a picot edge.  Oh well…  There’s always my niece Haley’s dress.  🙂 

I also bought Built by Wendy: Dresses (Amazon didn’t have a picture of the book on line, so here’s the link).  This was an impulse buy.  I thought it would be great for simple summer dresses. 

I can’t wait to read about FBA’s in the Nancy Zieman book and in FFRP.  Thank you all for your advice.  I really appreciate it.  I am curious though why no one recommended the Nancy Zieman method.  Have any of you tried it?

Oh and I have about $30 left on my gift card…  Any suggestions for my sewing library?

Happy sewing everyone!

10 Responses leave one →
  1. May 22, 2010

    I really like the Nancy Zieman fitting book. For me, the pivot and slide method is the easiest. I use Fit for Real People and Fast Fit by S. Betzina to diagnose fitting problems and Zieman to treat the problems.

  2. May 22, 2010

    I can do pivot and slide inside out, backwards, and sideways, so feel free to ask for help.

  3. May 22, 2010

    Two books I obsess about and keep recommending : Adele P Margolis Make Your Own Dress Patterns (gather, put in a yoke, make a collar)
    http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Own-Dress-Patterns/dp/0486452549/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274538929&sr=1-1
    and

    The Art of Fabric Manipulation by Colette Wolff (pleats, tucks, ruffles)
    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Manipulating-Fabric-Colette-Wolff/dp/0801984963/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274538815&sr=8-1

    Highly addictive, I read them in bed too often!!!

  4. May 22, 2010

    I don’t know about the other fit books – I learned the Palmer/Plestch methods by doing their weekend fit workshops. For all my upper body adjustments they work so well I don’t see the need to do any other kind. For their pants though, I think other books might be better as some of their pant methods have been improved upon by others.

    I looked through the Trench sewalong site. Such temptation – there is a pattern there I am itching to try. I have a wardrobe FULL of coats – do I need another? Most certainly not. But will I be sigining up? Oh I can feel the temptation calling me and don’t know for how much longer I can resist .. actually it’ll come down to finding the perfect fabric, then there’ll be NO stopping me.

  5. May 22, 2010

    I have all the books you mentioned but think the first two will be especially helpful in taking your sewing to the next level.

    The Claire Schaeffer book I actually didn’t purchase until a few years ago because to me you can make the most beautiful garment with all the couture methods but if it doesn’t fit, it was time you wasted.

    Let us know what you think of your new books!

  6. May 22, 2010

    Wow, you really beefed up your library! I used the pivot and slide method on a pencil skirt and it was a success.

  7. Liara permalink
    May 23, 2010

    I so need to update my sewing library!

  8. Darci permalink
    May 24, 2010

    Yay! I think you’re really going to dig FFRP. It’s pretty terrific. I just got the Claire Shaeffer book, myself. Adding little couture details can make you feel SO good about your sewing. Have a great time!

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Built By Wendy Dresses book. Love to know what you think!

  9. Kai Jones permalink
    May 24, 2010

    Oh, there’s a Zieman fitting book? I recorded two 1/2 hour shows of her fitting patterns on our local public broadcasting station a couple of weeks ago and have been watching them over and over to figure out what she’s doing.

  10. May 25, 2010

    I’ll be curious what you think about FFRP. I have considered actually breaking down and buying it.

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