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Sewing Skills: Fit Lab

  • Millennium Library - Dr. Anne Smigel Room 251 Donald Street Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada (map)

We'll be in the Dr. Anne Smigel Room. 

Sewing can be so frustrating when the final garment, all that time, all that money, doesn't fit properly. Or at least the way you wanted. I have too often started and stopped a pattern because I can't figure out where to start adjustments. Or I'll make the fitting adjustments I think I need and now the silhouette is all weird. I just need someone to talk me through the process.

Lisa Dyck has a degree from the University of Manitoba in Textile Design and has been working in the garment business ever since. If you attended Frocktails, she was the one in the beautiful, perfectly fitted burgandy dress that she had drafted herself. To say she knows her way around a body and a pattern would be an understatement. As home sewists we don't all have the time to watch every YouTube video or the money to attend pattern drafting classes so this Fit LAB is a way for us to get professional feedback right on the spot.

In this 6 hour workshop, Lisa is going to walk us through the basics of fitting home sewing patterns. The class will start with a quick meet and greet and then we'll spend some time looking at how to tell clothes aren't fitting properly and then how to fix those common issues. After getting a ton of feedback about different fitting issues you wanted to learn we'll be diving into:

  1. Full bust adjustments, how to tell you need one in which garment and how to do it.

  2. Nailing that elusive crotch fit in pants

  3. How to make flat pattern alterations based on the measurements of the pattern and your own, and where to distribute the difference

But wait, there's more. After lunch we're going to talk about your specific fit questions. Please bring a pattern that you have questions about and Lisa will walk you through making adjustments right off the bat. Everyone gets to benefit from individualized advice about making their own clothes, but also from the collective information you get about all these fittings. As we become more accomplished in our sewing practice it's only natural to make gifts now and again and you'll have all these tools to help you get the right fit for someone else too.

This class includes:

Hours of useful and practical fitting instruction that you can use as soon as you get home

  1. A notebook of the fitting techniques that will be covered

  2. Pattern drafting supplies and hands-on instruction

  3. The ability to connect with the home garment sewing community in Winnipeg and build relationships that will outlast the classroom

  4. Dedicated time and attention for all your questions

Please bring:

  1. A french curve

  2. A quilting ruler

  3. A pattern or two that for which you would like specific fitting advice

Join us for a day that will level you up and help shape your sewing for years to come!


Earlier Event: January 18
Hand-dyed Stowe Bag with Sunflower Knit
Later Event: January 27
Sewing Drop-In - Free Community Event!