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Pattern Fit Courses

1. Bodice and Skirt Fit

Duration: Classes - 3 days 

               Individual consultations - 2 or 3 days depending on client's requirements.

Cost: $400 for  2 days or  $500 for 3 days (includes latest edition text book FIT FOR REAL PEOPLE  & McCall’s 2718).

In class you will use the McCall’s 7279 pattern (fitting shell) in the correct size to achieve your personal body map. You will learn how to alter the bodice pattern tissue to achieve a good fit and in the process you’ll learn how you differ from the sloper that the pattern companies use.

Learn how to:

  • Measure correctly and select the right sized pattern.
  • Prepare your patterns for tissue fitting.
  • Identify which adjustments are required to achieve a flattering fit.
  • Make adjustments for common fit problems such as a broad back, a full bust, a sway back, a high round back, square or sloping shoulders and full arms.
  • Navigate your way around commercial patterns and how to use the information provided in the pattern to help you select the correct size and style.
  • Determine the amount of ease in a pattern and how this knowledge will impact your choice of styles and the size you use.
  • Be a designer. Watch a demonstration of dart manipulation and then have a hands-on practice so that you can change the position and style of darts to customise your pattern and flatter your figure.
  • Pin fit a garment that you cut from one of your altered patterns and tweak the fit in fabric.

You will tissue fit at least two fashion patterns during class including a darted style and a princess style. No sewing is completed in this class so you don’t need to bring a machine.

NOTE: The course followed during a one-on-one consultation may vary so tutors can best cater for an individual client's needs.

Homework is not compulsory and you won’t need a note from home but if you choose to cut out and prepare some patterns for homework, you will achieve more during the course and maximise your time with the tutor.

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Now offering individual consultations

(Terms & conditions apply)

or  classes for Bodice & Skirt Fit and Pant Fit.

To register for a class or to discuss a personal pattern fitting consultation contact Alison -   

06 3743575 or

Classes in Palmerston North 2020

Bodice & Skirt Fit - March 20-22

Pant Fit - September 26-27

2. Pant Fit 

Duration: 2 days   

Cost: $400.00 per person (includes latest edition text book PANTS FOR REAL PEOPLE and a basic pant pattern in your size).

Use Palmer/Pletsch “Fit-As-You-Sew” techniques to fit a simple flat front pant with a centre front mock fly zipper. (The pattern you will be using for this is included in your course fee.) Then use this same process to fit pant patterns of your choice.

  • Try on pant fitting shells to determine the best size pattern for you to use.
  • Prepare and tape the pattern.
  • Try on your pattern tissue and learn how to determine which adjustments you need to make.
  • Alteration demonstrations.
  • Unpin the tissue and make alterations then re-pin and try it on again. This process will take several tissue fittings to complete.
  • Cut out test garment in a non stretch  fabric  such as calico and pin fit the pant making necessary adjustments to the pattern  to fine tune the fit.
  • Cut out and begin to sew a beautifully fitting pant in fashion fabric of your choice.
  • Discussions/demonstrations include Inserting a zip in mock fly front & various waistband treatments.
  • Continue sewing this pant if you wish OR
  • Prepare and tissue fit other pant patterns of your choice. The more you do the better you’ll get.
  • Watch others being fitted – there is much to learn from this.
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Do you have more questions about sewing pattern fitting classes?

Feel free to contact us or give us a call on (06) 374 3575 - we are glad to help.