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The importance of fit

Think about your favourite garment. Not the most expensive one or now in fashion or with a well-established brand name. Think of a garment that makes you not only look good, but most of all the one that makes you feel “like a million bucks” when you wear it.

Strangely enough – it may not be your favourite colour, it can be out of date qua style and also not the choice of your friends as your best outfit, but it does not matter at all. You like it, sometimes not knowing exactly why. Well, we can give you a small hint – it is probably because of its fit. It is very likely that this garment sits well on your body. There is no pushing up or pulling down the sleeves when you wear it. The waist line is where it should be. The shoulders are fine, the neckline is fine, you name it. You wear this garment without concentrating on tugging, stretching, pulling down its parts all the time.

There is a great focus in all kinds of fashion magazines, blogs etc. on garment styles, colours and prints. They are important, they really are, but it is also a way to distract your attention from fitting. You may follow all these golden tips such as which colour to wear and which style of garment to choose – and you may still be not quite happy wearing it. Try prioritizing the fit.

Clothing that you buy off-the-rack comes in a limited array of sizes and is designed for a standardized body (we keep on repeating that). The lucky ones who approach the combination of average measurements are able to find clothes that require little or no altering for a good fit almost everywhere. On the other hand, people who have non-standard measurements may find shopping for clothes less entertaining and must be more careful as any irregularity in their figure will be pronounced with ill-fitting clothes. It is a risky game.

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Have you ever thought about why the B-cup women seem to look thinner, taller and in general more attractive? Because the off-the-rack clothes are designed to fit them! A large chested woman who needs to buy a standard size, which is large enough to accommodate her breasts will end up with a garment that is too large and does not fit her waist. Only this issue will make her look much fatter. So it really all comes down to fit. Even the most beautiful garment from the stylish point of view, which is a sewing masterpiece will not be flattering to your body it the fit is not right.

What defines a good fit? To put it in just few words: if contours and proportions of the body are followed by a garment and there are no wrinkles, folds or drags – the fit is good. So understanding the body contours and learning how to shape flat fabric are essential to achieving a good fit. Your shaping devices are darts and seams and the fine art of fitting is in locating them so that the fabric will lay flat where it needs to lay flat and will bend where it needs to bend. As simple as that and as challenging as that. For we deal with a three-dimensional body and a flat fabric. You need to turn a flat fabric into a three dimensional garment and make it mimic your body shape to achieve a flattering result.

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1 Circumference – refers to the width of a garment and if there is enough room around the body.

2 Length – defines how the length of specific garment sections corresponds to the length of your body parts.

3 Depth – the challenge is to mimic the shape of your body bulges, bumps and lumps such as bust, shoulder blades, tummy, bottom.

As MySizePatterns patterns take fitting issues seriously, we have created patterns that should be a great help in your fitting efforts. All our patterns are not only available at a great range of sizes (circumference), but you have a choice of different heights (length), which is already quite something. But that is not all, we have patterns that address the most misunderstood fitting area (depth) – with different bust sizes. Give them a try and you will see how this simplifies your fitting work.

Be aware that all these fabulously looking celebrities wear custom-made clothes. The garments are created for their measurements from a scratch or standardized designs are altered to fix their fitting issues. Both approaches require extra time and special skills. So – it is not that these people are perfect, they wear clothes the make them look perfect, thanks to the proper fit.

When you make your own clothes, you can tailor them to your exact size and proportions, meaning they will be more flattering and look more stylish. Moreover, you can add customized details that would normally be not available (too expensive to make) from a store bought piece of clothing, like pockets or bound buttonholes. Nothing is too much work if you are sewing for yourself or your dearests. But even the simplest garment, well-fitted is more attractive than the fancy one which does not fit. See below an example how you can change the fit in the shoulder area by adjusting the angle of shoulder-straps. This is the only difference between these six garments. When you make your own clothes you can choose the most flattering version.

Read about more reasons to make your own clothes in our article To sew or not to sew .

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