Skirt WEEK 1 pt1: Wardrobe Fit-Along- The Skirt Edition

I am on to another garment, the skirt, in my own personal wardrobe building series.  As with all the others, I will continue working alongside my "offline" sewing group to practice fitting and creating another very vital wardrobe basic, the pencil skirt. We are going to take it further and practice designing other styles from our basic skirt sloper or TNT patterns.  If you are new to the Sew-To-Fit Community, I welcome you!! Over the past couple of years, I have created many videos for the different projects I have attempted, along with a few random "viewer request" to help fellow sewcialist in their quest to fit their bodies.

This has become a "series", and I am humbled at how this has grown so tremendously since it's humble beginnings.  Also, I am really inspired by the number of you who have developed an interest in my youtube fitting videos.  And just to think, this all began as a project I started as a way to force myself to sew more with a plan, and to increase my wardrobe to a solid "uniform" closet I can be proud of everyday.

This time, I'm inviting you along, by creating an actual schedule for you to follow and giving you some history.  To help you understand the concept of this "fit-along", I have created a list documenting this challenge from the beginning here.  You are not behind, because all the blog post and videos are there for you to reference if you want to make the-
-Sheath dress 1 and
-Sheath dress 2, the
-white shirt, the
-a new take on the white shirt: the off the shoulder shirt, the
- knit top or t-shirt, knit/jersey dress, the curvy jersey dress, or the
-denim jacket, along with fitting videos and much more.
Each garment is just a rung in the ladder to a fantastic fitting wardrobe.

THE SKIRT Fit-Along-

Unlike the common "SEW-ALONGs", this is a "FIT-ALONG".  A fit-along is quite different in that I personally concentrate on sharing with you the pattern fitting issues I deal with when working with my sewing group member, a student, or maybe a family member.  I then try to offer some common and not so common adjustments I may use to make my garments fit perfectly for me, in this case the focus is skirt fitting.  I will try and make videos for the most common and upload them to my youtube channel.  In-depth instructional drawn out lessons can not possibly be covered in great detail on youtube or this blog, so those are reserved for my students during my monthly live Fit Friday classes. (see learn with me tab above.)

In the past I have had sewing group members participate and volunteer to be on the videos.  They also could sew, which saved me a great deal of prep and recording time.  This time around, I will be using my lovely daughter Jennifer, who has graciously joined in yet again as my stand-in for the curvy figure.  Unfortunately, SHE CANT and WONT sew!!!  Which means, I will do my best to present what I can....though much of the material will be in muslin and not completely finished garments.  Sorry.

As before, the "Sew-To-Fit Along" is video based, and all videos will be housed in a playlist on my YouTube channel called:  Skirt Fit-Along here.

Thank you all for making this such a popular online, as well as off event!!

Pattern:  Straight Skirt

You can use any basic pattern that has only darts in the front and back, a basic zipper, and has straight side seams.  Do not use anything with fancy design lines or closures.

I am using my very own Designing and Fitting Block for sale here.  I use this for my students to create patterns, slopers and to design my own garments.

Another option for skirts would be to use the Bootstrap fashions customized patterns.  (They need tweaking and fitting as well.)

Fabric Sponsor and 15% Discount!:

I am happy to extend the best offer Roz of Sew Much Fabric, has ever given me.  She is giving each of you a 15% discount on regular priced AND sale items on her site.  She has even created a special grouping of fabrics we can use for our skirts this month.  I AM EXCITED!!!.  Problem is, that offer comes with a limitation:  We must use it before June 17th, and we must use it all at once!  So make it count.

CODE:  Skirts

Fit-Along Schedule:

INTRODUCTION:  June 1:  Welcome Video and Announcement:  Live Youtube Streaming

WEEK 1: June 5-11:  (Edited 6/10/17 - Video was more on fitting my Daughter due to here availability.)
Thursday: June 8 @8pm central Tissue Fitting on my Daughter: Live Youtube Streaming- Q&A
 ETA:  6/10/17- This week was more based on the availability of my daughter....since she was able to come over, the change was made based on her schedule.)
**Various videos will be uploaded for prepping the pattern, cutting the muslin and beginning the fit alterations specific to skirts.    (Please note, some of these videos relate to previous fit-alongs, yet are relevant now, and have already been uploaded to the playlist.  They are linked for your reference.)

Video- Choosing a Commercial Pattern Size,
Video- How to measure to get an even hem on a dress or skirt.

WEEK 2: June 12-18:  
Thursday: June 15 @ 8pm central5 Tips for Evaluating a Pattern, Fit and Fabri with Fitting
ETA 6/15/2017- We had a surprise visit from my daughter again to do her fitting in her new skirt made of embroidered linen and we also discussed the importance of fabric in the fit of your skirt and tips for evaluating a pattern in relation to the fabric and how it affects the fit during this livestream fit-along discussion.  

WEEK 3: June 19-25:
Thursday: June 22 @ 8pm central- Skirt Variations: Yoked, Flaired etc...Q&A. (Live-steaming on YouTube.)
New videos that are added during the final two weeks will be livestream discussions that will relate to the current skirt project topics and include updates or Question and Answers.  You should be trying new styles with your basic TNT pattern or trying out new designs using other pattern styles or finishing your current skirt.

WEEK 4: June 26-July 2:
Thursday: June 29 @ 8pm centralRECAP!  Sew and Tell...Q&A. (Live-steaming on YouTube.)
Final recap of the months skirt projects and "Virtual Runway" of a items added to instagram and hash tagged #skirttransformations or #sewtofitalong

Supplies and Patternmaking tools:

You will need the following in order to do what I do on my videos. My Tool Box.
-Mechanical Pencils (This is my all time favorite because it has the white eraser twist top.)
Other supplies can be found in my toolbox and will be discussed as I used them on my videos.

Post Your Makes to my FaceBook page: HERE 

I am glad to welcome so many newcomers to the Sew-To-Fit community and would love it if you would please use my hashtag (#sewtofitalong and @sewtofit as you share your activities during this ongoing series of wardrobe building fit-alongs.

Thanks for joining in the fun.  Leave me any ideas for skirt pattern fitting topics in the comments and I will consider them during this month.


  1. I'm excited, thanks for a " fit a long", truly unique ensuring our garments fit!!!

  2. This is going to be sew great. Thanks Mz. Andrea!

    1. You are very welcome. Thanks for joining in with the group.

  3. I get your emails and I'm subscribed to your YouTube channel. You do a great job - thanks. I'm learning alot from you about fitting.

  4. Thank you for all you are doing for this fit a long Andrea.
    Your content and presentation goes Above and deliver and
    you. make a difference. Thank you ��


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