Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Episode 75 - Fitting

Interview with Sarah Veblen about her new book

You can order it on her site or other online book retailers

Check out the

on my blog  and on Lynne's blog

Sorry for the audio quality during part of the interview with Sarah, there was an issue with the phone line during this interview.


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Marie said...

There was so much information in this podcast. I listened to it while working and as long as I kept both my earbuds in I could follow along on what Sarah was explaining. Well worth the listen for the information.
The tip about opening up a seam that is too tight and letting it adjust itself was priceless. And simple to follow. sometimes I think we make things harder than they have to be.
Would love to win the book.

Martha said...

Hi Lori

I love your podcast and eagerly await each one. I actually listen to each one twice! Once in my car while commuting, then again while in my sewing room so I can look up the patterns that you talk about. I was so sorry that you had technical issues with Sarah's interview as what I was able to get sounded so interesting. Fitting is always the issue that stops me from completing, and in many cases starting a garment. I'd love to win her book, but if not, I'll purchase it. Can't wait for her next interview.
Martha in Maine

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Donna G. said...

This was a great podcast, and the sound quality really wasn't too distracting when I heard it through my ipod. I also went back and listened to Sarah's interview about knits; she's a wealth of great information! Thanks for this podcast, and also the book giveaway! My best wishes for you and your family; I hope all turns out well. Donna

Laurel Shimer (The Simple Romantic) said...

All my best to you and your family during a challenging medical time.

Don't worry 'bout that audio quality. What we don't catch the first time, we'll figure out in the second or third listen!

And yes, I am thinking about buying Sarah's book. I've been so motivated to work on pattern fitting since I began listening. This sounds like a good place to get official with fitting.

Barbara C. said...

You always bring us the most interesting and inspiring interviews. While raising my family I did a lot of garment sewing. I now do more quilting. Of course, the advantage to quilting is the lack of fitting! Listening to your podcasts and hearing about your projects does make me want to revisit garment sewing. If the finished product actually fit well much of the frustration would be gone. I think Sarah's book could be the answer--a must have for the library. And to be able to listen to the interview again in the archive is really helpful.
Thank you,
Barbara in California

Laurel Shimer (The Simple Romantic) said...

In the 'cast you suggested we send in our fitting questions. Here is mine

What might I look for when fitting around the armhole of a woven shirt . Typically the shirt pulls up and moves back from the shoulder and drops down the back more than it should. It doesn't tend to rest on the ridgeline of my shoulder. This may have to do with cutting bodices bigger in front than in back to deal with unhelpful aspects of nature that deposit around my waist in the front. I think I'm tending to use parts of a bigger pattern on top because of waist measurements, but I do sometimes end up with too small armscye if I don't do that. So it must be something about where/how I join the front to the back

I do have a shell top pattern worked out pretty well fit 'wise, so it must be something about having a set in or dropped shoulder sleeve. I particularly notice it with dropped shoulder sleeves

Note I fit on myself - I don't have a sewing buddy, so I use the mirror a lot, and yes I make a muslin with new patterns. But often I just give up when it comes to this part.

Laurel Shimer (The Simple Romantic) said...

This comment is unrelated to fitting, but I wonder if it might come up as a small topic in a future 'cast. Though it seems like you do talk about buttonholes, I don't think I've heard you talk about plain sewing of basic machine buttonholes. I spent looking for youtube buttonhole sessions but haven't seen this question answered.

After I make a machine buttonhole I can never get rid of all the threads ends. They look messy. I have very small scissors (my favorite notion! the little golden colored stork ones) and I try to snip every thread, but it's still raw looking My next idea is to try running over the buttonhole twice. Sometimes I just break down and make hand buttonholes. Which doesn't solve the original problem. Also sometimes I make "Spanish Snap" buttonholes with grosgrain ribbon, though then I have to decide what to do about the back side.... Also I wonder if there is something standard I'm not doing in regards to stabalizing that would make a difference? Usually it's just whatever I've stabalized other parts of the item with, if it's a stabalizing kind of garment.

Note: I first read about Spanish snap buttonholes in Threads. But I use grosgrain ribbon and I just run a machine buttonhole before I snap the ribbon back through to the other side. I also use these for quick pseudo welt pockets in vests that have a flap to make it look like there's a welt (making an opening a little shorter than the flap and then either sewing on a simple pocket bag underneath or just leaving it open into the lining with a few catch stiches between vest and lining to keep my ipod from floating into another area.

monica said...

Just started sewing(at the age of 50) and interested in making clothes- as I am short but have long legs and a short waist.I have also been a knitter for many years and found her discussion of ease very enlightening to determine sizing for knitted as well as sewn garments. Would love to win this book!

Mary Sarah said...

Hi Lori! Great podcast! I learned so much from the interview and am excited about the book. I hope everything goes well with your family.

LisaB said...

I just finished the podcast. Despite the audio quality, the interview was chock-full of good info. Thank you for producing it for us!

I knew of horizontal balance lines (HBL) prior to listening to Sarah, but I haven't utilized them well in fitting. I can see that HBLs are a great place to start when fitting a new garment, though. I'd love to win the book but will put it on my gift list if I don't.

Marcela said...

The audio quality wasn't too bad. I still heard everything. Some of the fitting suggestions were great. I often still strung with snug armholes on woven shirts shirts or tanks. When I put my arms forward, I can feel the front armhole seam pushing against me. I try to cut them a little bigger in the front but sometimes, it looks funny. Just need more practice I guess.

Thanks for your podcast. I enjoy listening to it when I've sewing at night after the kids have gone to bed.


Vicki said...

Great podcast, thanks Lori! I learnt a lot. I like the idea of getting the horizontal line even first.

emadethis said...

What a wonderful interview! Thank you both for taking the time to delve into such a deep topic. I'm intrigued by the idea of a balance makes total sense. I'm looking forward to reading the book and seeing more of what it's about. I'm also over the moon excited about the prospect of a model in the book who is petite with a defined waist and yet a full bust...that's 100% of my issues, and no fit book I feel has touched on that very well.

Pam said...

I can't believe how much I just learned about fitting by listening to Sarah. The horizonal balance line concept was an eye opener. Add to this the arm hole depth and size. Wow! Thanks for having her as a guest. I will be listening to this one again. And I will be taking notes next time.
Your podcasts are invaluable, Lori! Thanks for all the time you put into them.
Pam Musson

.x.Helen.x. said...

Just wanted to say thank you for a fabulously informative interview. I have listened twice now to pick up as many fitting tips as possible. I took a patternreview class with Sarah and she really is a great teacher. No need to enter me into the draw - i have already got my copy of the book.

Anne LO said...

As you know, I am stalkerish fan of your podcast and re-listen often. I am also on the never-ending quest for a decent fit and would love to win the book if international shipping is an option.

I send my best wishes for your family!

Robin said...

I don't sew much in the way of garments because of fitting issues. Would love to win this book.
Thanks for a great podcast!

sib said...

I really, really loved this interview - what Sarah was saying about balance lines made so much sense! It was like she was articulating vague idea about fitting I had floating around in my head but couldn't put into words (or practice). Just bought the eBook, it looks fantastic. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Anonymous said...

This is such an important topic and I am so glad you took the time to do this interview. I ran right out and purchased the book.

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