How to Make Clothes That Fit and Flatter


Oof. I’ve been struck down by the bug that’s going around, and I was utterly useless yesterday. As I floundered about, I realized that the pile of books by my bed is out of control. There are about 30 assorted books, of which I’m currently reading 10 at once. I don’t normally do that, but I feel like my focus has been scattered, so I keep finding myself picking up one book and reading a couple of pages, then reaching for another book for a couple pages. It’s a bit of a schizophrenic way to read, but then I remembered that this was exactly the way I powered through my textbooks when studying for college exams. I don’t know if I’m absorbing more material this way or not, but the variety is sort of refreshing.

Beneath the 10 books in rotation, I found the book above. I hunted it down and ordered a used copy from Amazon a long time ago when I read Sarai‘s lovely review of it. The cover speaks of a well-loved and oft-thumbed through copy. Published in 1969, it’s full of charming illustrations and what appears to be a gentle style of writing, and although it hasn’t made it into my rotation yet, its turn is coming soon.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m determined to become well-versed in fit. Yes, let’s call this Project Survival of the Fittest. I’m aiming to start this…evolution, I suppose, at the beginning of 2016 since there’s no way no how that I’ll finish the book before then at my current glacial speed.

But first, I have to survive this pesky quasi-flu. Off to stock up on cough drops!

12 thoughts on “How to Make Clothes That Fit and Flatter

  1. I have that book! I’m using that and Fit For Real People – which does not have the same charm, but does have excellent content – to try and improve. Lemme know if you want to get together for a fitting session! (I realized this year that I’ve improved fitting my front side but not my back, which is hard on your own!)

    Feel better soon 🙂

    1. Would love that Morgan. 🙂 Once I’m not contagious, let’s set up a fitting date!! 🙂 I have the Fit For Real People too, and you’re right – it can use some help in the charm department but they sure know what they’re talking about!

      1. Sounds great – just let me know when you feel up to it! (PS I bought my FFRP used and it showed up with a hefty grease stain on the front cover that made the yellow ink leak onto the pages underneath – extra charm!)

        1. Ha! There’s always that danger with used copies…I’m sucking down lozenges like there’s no tomorrow but am feeling a ton better so will email you soon!

    1. So glad Annelieke – my heart is always a bit in my throat every month, not sure how the whole shabang will go over…Thank you!!

  2. Get well soon! I could do with some more experience and knowledge in the fitting department as well… That’s why I only make knit garments for myself 😉

    1. Thank you Nienke! I’m a big lover of knit garment-making myself, and it does make life simpler, doesn’t it? I’m sure I’ll still default to knits, but I’m itching to understand the ins and outs of making a piece of clothing truly customized for my body!

  3. I am very new to sewing for myself and this is my ultimate goal too! I really enjoyed this month’s Furoku (as I have done every month since I’ve joined). An is one of my sewing heroes and I absolutely love all her patterns. I hope you feel better soon!

    1. Hooray, it made me so happy to read that you’re enjoying the Furoku — thank you so much, Emi! And yes, no garment will be spared from futzing and adjustment once I figure the stuff out. 🙂

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