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Topic: Book: Fitting Finesse by Nancy Zieman  (Read 441 times)
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« on: February 25, 2007 01:36:28 PM »

Hi, first post & just recently registered.  I would consider myself either an advanced beginner or a crummy intermediate when it comes to sewing ...and I am still suffering desperately in the area of fit and pattern modification. 

Anyone ever consulted, used, recommend, or discourage the book "Fitting Finesse" by Nancy Zieman? Any other fit or pattern alteration books I might be on the look out for? 

Santa (i.e husband) bought me a dressform for Christmas which has aided drastically in reducing my hissy-fit bouts aimed at McCall's & Simplicity et al but I wonder if Nancy Zieman is the panacea for my pattern modification/fit woes? Huh

Figuring out pattern modification to me is right up there with deciphering fractional calculus & quantitative physics.



"Do the best you can, then to hell with it!" Eunice Kennedy-Shriver
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007 02:36:30 PM »

Hi Jane,
I think its a great book to start out with.  She explains things easily and gives you safe easy ways of tackling problems.  She uses the pivot and slide method for the most part which is one of the easiest to follow.
With most sewing adventures, try one thing at a time until you get your confidence built up.  Once you have the hang of her techniques then you can go onto others that may be more advanced.  All fitting techniques are basically the same process unless you are talking about patterns vs. ready to wear and then it can vary.
What a wonderful Santa to get you a dress form, he sounds like a keeper!

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. ~Benjamin Franklin
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2007 05:30:20 PM »

Thanks for the reply, I ended up ordering the book (and scads of other " just HAVE to have or else" items) from Nancy's website. Yes, my "Santa" is a keeper - can't ask for for a better gift than him! Jane

"Do the best you can, then to hell with it!" Eunice Kennedy-Shriver
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