5 pro tips for creating perfectly fitting clothes - Part 3/3

Updated: Aug 11

Now that you know the basics to get started, it's time to talk about fit!

In part 1 of this blog series, I shared my top 4 tips for altering patterns to work for your style or size and examples of how I've used a little bit of pattern cutting knowledge to transform sewing patterns to suit my designs. In part 2 I also explained the difference between pattern blocks and sewing patterns and took you through step by step how to begin using the blocks.

Why is the fit so important?

Let's be honest, when we're sat people watching & admiring all the outfits walking past, we never really sit and think about what size the clothing is.

Instead, we appreciate the design features, the fabrics, colours, prints and most importantly the fit. The fit of clothing brings a whole look together and makes your clothes not only look good but feel good to wear too.

This is why I am so passionate about teaching others how to create the perfect fit as well as how to pattern cut. I want you to create clothes that you're proud to wear and that you feel amazing in.

I know how it feels creating clothes that aren't comfy because they don't quite fit right and all you want to do is take them off and change into a super comfy pair of leggings or joggers that easily stretch around your body.

BUT, this doesn't have to be the case and I'm here to help you create your very own clothes that fit perfectly. I've even developed a whole 8-week in-depth program, Fitting Confidence, on this as I know how much it means to create and have clothes that fit.

What makes the perfect fit?

When it comes to thinking of what makes the perfect fit and how to create this, it can seem quite tricky but don't worry, I've been there before too and I'm here to show you that it's possible!

There are two things you need to look for when creating perfectly fitting clothes:

  1. Does it look like it fits? By this I mean - Is it twisting a funny way/ Are the seams sitting where they should be. Not half off one of your shoulders or wonky?

  2. Does it feel like it fits? A good fit = a comfy fit - If it's not comfy it probably doesn't fit well (or you need a comfy, natural fibre fabric, not something scratchy and synthetic)

For example, when we compare a poorly fitted suit to a well-fitted tailored suit, we can really see and feel the difference.

On a poorly fitted suit, the shoulders may be too wide and the sleeves or trouser leg may be too short or long. Whereas a perfectly fitted suit will curve around the shoulder seamlessly laying flat and the cuffs will sit just below the waist and so on. It will also feel great, be easy and comfy to sit in as well as move around and stand-in.

TASK: If you've used sewing patterns before to make clothes, try these on again. Stand in front of the mirror and look at the fit of the garment, take a little walk around the room and sit down too. Note down all the things you notice:

  • Does the garment move easily with your body shape when you sit down