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GET READY FOR SUMMER WITH TONS OF INSPIRATION AND ANSWERS TO 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 are creating clothes to fit the world, or a special person (especially yourself), The Fitting Club will guide you through every fitting challenge (24 articles in all!) We'll provide you with inside tips from fashion designers for your easy fittings; including everything from "Getting to Zen in Your Closet" to finding and fitting clothes for special fitting issues, written by successful designers.
You won't need to study or struggle to figure out what to do, because the techniques are repeated, over and over, in every article, in many different ways. We will answer all of your questions with fitting points tailored to your fitting needs; from backless wedding dresses, collars (which insist on slipping back), or how to fit a pair of pants, and much more; with guidlines to the rules, which are always the same.
The Fitting Club is built around Jill's career in designing clothes for every major clothing store from Bloomingdale's to Barney's. The Fitting Club is about sharing the knowledge, the mistakes, and the guidelines. There will be 24 articles in total...each one tailored for YOU!
Wishing you fabulous clothes!
WHERE IT STARTS
The fitting techniques may seem unusually simple because each process takes so little time. But that seems to be the point. Plan and follow. Each small step has a purpose. When you follow the steps in the Fitting Sequence, and as you pinch and release the fabric to follow the curves of the body on the dress form,,, you will see how simple fitting really is. Creativity starts with understanding what is there, and how everything you create is part of that sensibility for your best body silhouette. Simple dress form techniques make fitting easy.
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, fit (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; then adjusted on the dress form to classic, trendy, or over-sized. Starting with the anchors (shoulders, for jackets and tops, and waist or upper hip for pants and skirts), shape the dress form. 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! Read on! Join Us!
THE POWER OF PLAY
The technique of seeing how your clothes will look and feel starts with your dress form; playing...pinching or releasing fabric to find the best lines; always allowing for movement on the pressure points of the body where 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 Amanda 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. Fabric has a mind of its own; your dress form allows you to see how your fabric will fall. Duplicate the anchors, and pressure points at each area. The body you are fitting is right there on the dress form without twisting or pulling 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 the Fitting Sequence. We'll show you how-to fit your clothes, whatever your shape...so easy!
FABULOUS FITTING PANTS!
Thank you for pants by Valerie Mayen! for Project Runway! So many questions about how to fit pants. Hear is how fitting pants starts on a dress form. The pressure points with pants will not vary. A crotch can be lowered, or 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 will love even more than your favorite. 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 are creating for Project Runway, or creating for Project YOU!
Valerie shows us the power of focus STEP BY STEP in creating her extremely detailed dress for the Project Runway challenge. theyellowcakeshop.com
Thank you, Valerie
POWER OF STATEMENT
The anchor points of a backless dress, or 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 will not 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 is not only practical for day to evening or dress up to dress down, but layering will hide a multitude of irregularities, and give you freedom to move! The message here, whether you are fitting for an uneven shoulder or a very round spine...work with what is there. We will show you how-to start with the basics to find your 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 client's lifestyle. Her leather is a work of art as she shapes the skins for curves, and sensuous bodies, whatever your shape.
What I 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. Her clothes are timeless.
DESIGNS BY LYNDA BUNN chuweeleathers.com
FABULOUS PLUS SIZES
Ginger Holley, Head designer for Star Trek Continues, web series.
Curves with detail...matching the pressure points on your dress form, will give you clothes that MOVE...even if you are not part of the Starfleet Command.
Ginger gives us her step by step for flowing and fabulous clothes.
JOIN US FOR FABULOUS PLUS SIZE CLOTHES, and more about Ginger's! AND...Ginger will be taking orders on her clothes very soon. gingerholley.com Join Us for More!
BASICS WITH DETAIL
THE EXCITEMENT OF DETAIL
There are a milion ways to change the detail on a perfect fitting blouse, or jacket or pair of pants, without ever changing your really comfortable fit; thanks to dress forms!
Once you have the body shaped to the dress form, and bodices and patterns shaped as basics, your creativity will soar with how easy it is to have fabulous fitting clothes, created in so many different ways; right on your dress form! Valerie shows us her inspiration and steps! Join Us Ask 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 was fine tuned on the 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! Ask Us!
STAR TREK TYPE MOVEMENT!
WORKING WITH LEATHER!! STAR TREK CONTINUES!
This is truly a lesson in curves, and how Ginger Holley, head designer for Star Trek Continues plans every detail for movement; both in serious action and for movement in real life! So even if you are not designing for films and fantasy, you'll love Ginger and her details in fitting her clothes on the dress form! Ginger's concepts are amazing and she shares her special how-to with us in detail! gingerholley.com