I have just finished reading Fit for Real People that I checked out from my local library. This is a great book on fitting.
Book: Fit for Real People
Author: Pati Palmer & Marta Alto
Ch 1. The Palmer/Pletsch Approach to Fitting – overview of the use tissue-fitting, where you cut out the pattern piece, try it on your body, figure out adjustment needed and voila you have an altered pattern
Ch 2 – 6 discuss the history, facts, evolution of commercial pattern and the fit issues
Ch 7 – 9 shows how to analyze and create a body map to determine how far off the commercial pattern is from one’s real measurement
Ch 10 – 20 are the meat of this book, techniques to spot and correct fit issues. it dives deep into specific fit issues such as length & width, back, neck & chest, darts, bust, shoulders, sleeves, waist etc
Ch 21 – 22 are the application of the techniques on real people of various sizes and body shapes
Ch 22 – 25 discuss way to enhance how sewn clothing look on certain body sizes and shapes via the choice of fabrics, certain sewing techniques etc
Ch 26 shows basic body measurements of different commercial patterns
– the tissue-fitting approach is a great time saver (no more making muslin). I also love the fact that it is very specific in terms of spotting fit issues in specific body parts and how to correct them. After reading this book, I realize that I may have overlooked certain fit issues even with the RTW
– the abundant illustrations for each type of fitting
– pattern-fitting applications on different body sizes and shapes, which is way it is called Fit for Real People because not all of us have the body of a supermodel
– The book often does not explain the reasoning behind certain aspects or the definition of certain terminology. For example, outlet in a commercial pattern, what the heck is that? I have to google it
– The photos are a bit dated. Call me superficial, but I love books with contemporary photos as well as old books with great styling.
Bottom-line: a great addition to my sewing library