I must say... I have some sewing friends who really rock...
Joi Mahon, with whom I have maintained a great friendly rapport over the past decade or so, has been rockin' it for years, and is now the author of a fun book on fitting!
Note: Other than having my own copy of this book, I am not being paid or compensated in any way for this review.
I received my copy, ready to review it with careful, critical eyes, and let me tell you.... it is a great fit for the hungry sewing audience right now!
Here's what the book assumes:
- That you are sewing with a commercial pattern that is a standard size, and the body of the intended wearer differs from that standard size, which is almost ALWAYS the case, by the way.
- That you RECOGNIZE the difference between the body for which the pattern was intended (understanding both the body measurements and fit descriptions of the pattern) and the body of the intended wearer.
- That you already have basic sewing knowledge, and recognize the markings (bust, waist, hip, etc.) on your commercial pattern. *The book will help you with this.
- That you intend to sew for an adult female or tween figure. (Although there is one page dedicated to sewing for men)
Here's why it's great:
- Spiral bound/easy to lay open while you work
- Clear, quality photography, so you can both SEE and READ what you are supposed to do.
- The information and techniques are presented in a conversational, easy-to-read, no-nonsense way by Joi, who has experience teaching students in a variety of settings, and addresses the most commonly asked fitting questions!
- Addresses often overlooked issues - modifying ease, applying adjustments to pants, when adjustments intersect design details, and... the adjustments I frequently encounter when sewing for athletic figures, like bicep and upper back adjustments!
This book can certainly fill a gap in your sewing education. If asked to compare it to any other sewing books I've seen, I would say it is best suited to the more modern, creative sewer. It is simple enough to be a useful tool, without burdening you with excessive fitting details, and complex enough to help you navigate common fitting issues many sewers face, for a variety of different patterns.
I truly find it a worthy addition to a home sewing library!