Fabulous Fit Fitting Club
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Get Inspired and Uncover Answers to All Your Fitting Challenges!
Behind the scenes at Fabulous Fit, we've been working hard to solidify decades of fitting experience to show you how easy fitting clothes on a dress form can be! Whether you’re creating clothes to fit the world or one special person (especially yourself), The Fitting Club will guide you through every fitting challenge (24 articles in all). We'll provide you with insider fashion tips from top designers on a range of topics. You’ll find everything from "Getting to Zen in Your Closet" to finding and fitting clothes for special fitting issues.
You won't need to study or struggle to figure out what to do, because the techniques are repeated in many different ways in each article. We answer all your questions with fitting points tailored to your fitting needs, from backless wedding dresses to pesky collars to how to fit a pair of pants – all with guidelines to the rules.
The Fitting Club is built around Jill's career in designing clothes for every major clothing store from Bloomingdale's to Barney's. Here, Jill shares knowledge, common mistakes, and guidelines that go along with fabulous fashion design.
Wishing you fabulous clothes!
Where It Starts
It all begins with simplicity. The fitting techniques may seem unusually simple, since each process takes so little time. But that seems to be the point. Plan and follow. Each small step has a purpose. As you follow the steps in our Fitting Sequence and pinch and release the fabric to follow the curves of the body on the dress form, you’ll see how simple fitting really is. Creativity starts with understanding what’s there, and how everything you create is part of that sensibility for your best body silhouette. Simple dress form techniques make fitting easy and fun.
Proportion & Style
Every project begins with planning, and planning begins with inspiration. One of the best ways to get inspired is to start cutting pictures from magazines. By the time you have a big pile of silhouettes, colors, and fitments (baggy or tight), you’ll be surprised at how much of your style is right there waiting to be created!
A Million Dollar Pattern
Fine tuning that basic pattern (to be changed a hundred times) will simplify every fitting. The fitting points for every style are the same but are adjusted on the dress form to create a classic, trendy, or over-sized piece. Shape the dress form starting with the anchors (shoulders for jackets and tops, and waist or upper hip for pants and skirts). The fitting points reflect the proportion and silhouette for everything you create using your body shape, so patterns can easily be altered for many different styles. We'll show you how, along with many other fashion tips, when you join us!
The Power of Play
Seeing how your clothes will look and feel starts with your dress form. Play with the material... pinch or release the fabric to find the best lines. Remember to always allow for movement on the pressure points of the body where the fabric meets curve, or where added ease is needed to raise arms or bend elbows.
Amanda, in our feature, has an amazing story. Hers is a story of an extremely challenging, life threatening disease that did not stop her from her success as a designer. Here, she shares her creative steps and spirit with us!
The Art of Not Draping!
Finding the cut and fit of your clothes can be easily identified on the dress form. While fabric seems to have a mind of its own, your dress form allows you to see exactly how your fabric will fall. Duplicate the anchors and pressure points at each area. The body you’re fitting is right there on the dress form, its stationary state not twisting or pulling at your clothes. Identifying a large bust line or fabric ease for a forward or uneven shoulder is easy and accurate when you follow the steps in our Fabulous Fit Fitting Sequence. When you join us, we'll show you how to fit your clothes, whatever your shape... it’s so easy!
Fabulous Fitting Pants
Featured are pants by Valerie Mayen, whose fashion designs were presented on Project Runway. We know that you have so many questions about how to properly fit pants on a dress form. We can offer a few fashion tips to help you get started: pressure points with pants do not vary. A crotch can be lowered, and a thigh can be tapered, but the vertical measurements will always be matched from the band, or anchor. Measure the vertical points of movement from your waist or upper hip (anchor point/waistband) to the vertical thigh, back hip, and upper leg. The curve of the rise is key...and you can easily change the curve from short to long. We will show you how-to re-create those pants that you can't stop wearing into many variations you’ll love even more than the original. You'll see how every pair of pants, from now on, will feel fabulous! Too simple. MUCH MORE... Read on...Join Us! Ask Us!
Creativity and Detail!
The creativity and detail in Valerie's work is truly an inspiration; whether you’re creating for Project Runway or Project YOU, you’re sure to discover fabulous new ideas here. Valerie shows us the power of focus STEP BY STEP in creating her extremely detailed dress for the Project Runway challenge. If you’d like to learn more about Valerie and her creations, visit The Yellowcake Shop.
Power of Statement
The anchor points of any dress begin with the shoulders. The shoulders and upper chest must match the slope of the body. The sleeve seams will match the contour of the shoulder, and follow the crease at the armhole.
When you shape the movement points on the upper body, the dress won’t slip back, nor forward. The base of the bodice, under the arm should be cut high to allow for movement and stability. The bust can shaped with a princess line, eased, or darted. Valerie shares her steps in pictures on the dress form.
Fitting for Scoliosis and Special Needs
Fitting for scoliosis or osteoporosis is its own special challenge. Layering clothes isn’t only practical for day-wear or eveningwear alike; layering will also hide a multitude of irregularities and give you freedom to move! Whether you’re fitting for an uneven shoulder or a very round spine, the message is this: work with what’s there. We’ll show you how to start with the basics to find your most fabulous fit!
Lessons in Leather
The Art of Detail with Sensuous Leather
Lynda's work is created on the dress form that not only matches her clients’ movements but her clients’ lifestyle. Her leather is a work of art as she shapes the skins for curves, sensuous bodies, and virtually any shape.
What we love about Lynda's magic is that she can give you fashion for every age! Her fabrics and skins are the finest quality hand-picked by Lynda herself. Her clothes are truly timeless.
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Fabulous Plus Sizes
Ginger Holley, head designer for the Star Trek Continues web series. Join out Fitting Club today and learn how to create clothing for curves with detail, how to match the pressure points on your dress form, and how to make clothing that freely moves - even if you’re not part of the Starfleet Command. Ginger gives us her step-by-step guide to flowing and fabulous clothes. Join us to learn more about plus size clothing and Ginger’s designs. She’ll be taking orders on her clothes very soon – visit gingerholley.com Join Us!
Basics with Detail
The Excitement of Detail
Thanks to dress forms, there are a million ways to change the detail on a perfect-fitting blouse, jacket, or pair of pants without ever changing the fit! Once you have the body shaped to the dress form and bodices and patterns shaped as basics, your creativity will soar. You’ll find how easy it is to have fabulous fitting clothes created in so many ways. Valerie shows us her inspiration and steps! Learn more when you join us!
One Pattern, Infinite Possibilities
Spend a Saturday afternoon with...Two Fronts, Two Backs, and Two Sloppy Circles! Use one basic pattern to re-create infinite dresses or blouses! This is the beginning of a series of dresses that all started with one basic shape that we’ve fine-tuned on a dress form. What makes this fitting fun is that everything you create when you change that pattern takes so little time. All you have to do is put it on your dress form and start changing... play. Learn how to make this dress in no time! Join us for more!
Star Trek Style
Working with Leather!
This is truly a lesson in curves. Whether it’s in television or day-to-day life, Ginger Holley, head designer for Star Trek Continues, plans every detail for movement. Even if you’re not designing for films and fantasy, you'll love Ginger and her expertise on fitting clothes on a dress form. Ginger's concepts are amazing, and she shares her special how-to with us in detail!