Sewing : Pattern Fit


Learn how to alter any pattern to fit you using hands on tissue fitting. In this workshop we do very little measuring, because measuring does not tell you all you need to know about your body. Discover what size you really are, so that you can start out with the correct pattern. Focus on making bodice and skirt alterations using Palmer/ Pletsch fitting techniques and McCalls pattern 7279 or 2718. Once changes are made to the basic pattern, you will go home with your own personal body map and the ability to alter any fashion pattern of your choice. Participants will be encouraged to tissue fit and alter additional dress patterns of their choice.

Westfield Penrith Weekend on Sunday

Beginning 31/7/2022 from 9:00:00 to 16:00:00

for 2 Weeks


Topics Covered include:

1. Introduction to pattern fit, measuring and how to ascertain correct size. • Pattern preparation for fitting • Tissue fitting - the bodice • Pattern adjustments for a good fit 2. Pattern preparation for fitting, tissue fitting - the bodice and pattern adjustments for a good fit 3. Tissue fitting – the skirt, layout and cutting of fitting shell or garment and fabric fitting 4. Construction of fitting shell or garment and variations on the basic pattern

Course Outcome

By the conclusion of the course, students will be able to fit themselves in any dress, skirt and blouse pattern, perform common alterations to the pattern and then fit and sew a garment in fabric.

On the first session bring

• Comfortable, easy to change out of clothes and a well fitting bra. You may like to wear/ bring a camisole and leggings or tights to wear during fitting. • A box of fine, large head pins in a magnetic pincushion • Tape measure • Soft lead pencil • Red and green fine felt tip pens • Two rolls of 12mm Scotch brand magic transparent tape • Weighted table tape dispenser • Paper scissors • Gridded plastic ruler (eg quilters), plastic ruler or dressmakers square • 6mm elastic to tie around your waist • Note pad and pen • Palmer/Pletsch or similar gridded pattern tissue (from Lincraft, Spotlight or online) or white gift wrap tissue. Greaseproof paper is too stiff. • Mc Calls pattern 7279 (multi size) or 2718 in your size (a course requirement) • Butterick 5627 is an alternative if the above patterns aren’t available. • Additional dress or bodice/skirt patterns to tissue fit. • Calico or plain, cheap, woven fabric to do a fabric fitting shell. Yardage required is listed under Dress (fitting shell) on the back of the pattern envelope. • Optional book “Fit for Real People” by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto. This is a useful reference book and is available from ,, and You may also find it at Spotlight and Lincraft • A basic sewing kit (scissors, reel of thread, unpicker etc ) is also required. While the college does have sewing machines available, you may wish to bring your own to use. Determining Pattern Size Measure around your bust (around the fullest part of the bust and straight across the back) and your chest (directly under the arms straight across the back and above the bust). Select the pattern size according to your bust measurement. If there is more than 5cm difference between your bust and chest measurement, use your chest measurement as your bust measurement. SIZE 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 Bust 75 78 80 83 87 92 97 102 107 112 117 122 The pattern can be purchased at Spotlight or Lincraft (it may need to be ordered) or online from or (pattern tissue can also be purchased on these sites). If you are unsure of your pattern size, or have difficulty purchasing the pattern, please contact Wendy Luxford on 0403824731

Items to be purchased during the course


Special Issues To Note

31st Jul & 7th Aug Workshop, no Concession

NCC Code: 97PATW322



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