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Finding the Perfect Fit Workshop with Dana Smith

Three Little Birds Sewing Co.

Finding the Perfect Fit Workshop with Dana Smith

$ 110.00

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Have you ever sewn an entire garment from a pattern, only to find it doesn’t quite fit you? This workshop will walk you through the steps of adjusting a sewing pattern to fit your measurements BEFORE cutting into your fashion fabric. Participants will learn how to properly take crucial measurements, make fit adjustments on a test garment (muslin), and translate these adjustments back onto the flat pattern. Participants will work with Peony by Colette Patterns to be able to practice both bodice and skirt adjustments (adjustments to sleeves will not be covered in depth). In addition to fit, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to do some basic style adjustments such as length or neckline changes.

This workshop is recommended for intermediate level sewists - people who have used patterns before, sewn full garments, and are comfortable with skills like darts, gathering, and zippers.

What's included: 

  • 4 hours of instruction time
  • Measurements worksheet
  • Take home instructions and info sheet
  • Refreshments & snacks

What you'll need:

(All supplies are available in store for purchase. Students will receive a 10% discount on products bought for class.)

  • Colette Peony Pattern
  • Tape measure
  • Measuring tool/curve (such as a french curve)
  • Scotch tape
  • Tissue paper or pattern paper for tracing pattern
  • Mechanical pencils, erasers, 3 colors of colored pencils
  • 4 yards Cotton Muslin

About the instructor:

Dana Smith recently moved to the DC area, after graduating from Purdue University with degrees in Mathematics and Apparel Design. She began sewing in fourth grade, and loves how patternmaking combines both math and creativity. You can see more of her work at her blog,


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