The Fair Fit Method - How the Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose

When it comes to dresses, we all like something a little different, right? 

While I'm still in the beginning phase of releasing pattern components, there are several that have reached full development that will be part of the course curriculum later in 2018. Once you learn the core draping and sewing skill sets in the prerequisite courses in the Fair Fit Method, you will have to option of participating in one or all of the customization classes where you will get to add, change, and further customize your Fair Fit garments.

In this post, I'll share with you the Fair Fit pattern sets coming later in the year that you can use to further customize your dress, especially the bodice since that's where we all have ideas of where to add different design features, add sleeves, and change up the neckline!

The Fair Fit Method - How the Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose
 

Fair Fit V Neck

A  V neckline is really flattering on a lot of women, and I know a lot of my students prefer it over a scoop or boat neck. With this pattern component, you will be introduced to an entirely new bodice to drape, the Fair Fit Empire Style Line. This pattern set is used to make both the Fair Fit V-neck, the Fair Fit Sweetheart Neckline (see below), and it can also be used if you really want to get busy, to make a strapless dress. 

This pattern set will be taught as a course after Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress. It is much more advanced draping, so you will need to have a few garments under your belt, but for dress lovers, I know you are going to love having this addition to the set so that you can really customize and change the bodice of the dress.

In the course, I will teach you how to deepen the V, as well as change the framing of the bust, should you prefer.

FAir Fit Dress Sweetheart Neckline

FAir Fit Dress Sweetheart Neckline

Fair Fit Dress V-Neckline

Fair Fit Dress V-Neckline

 

Fair Fit Lowered Neckline

Everyone wants to either raise or lower the neckline, that goes without saying. While our tester Brooke, pictured below, scooped out her neckline herself using her knowledge of this customization, in Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress I've included this additional pattern set in the course. 

After you make your first raw finish dress, you are going to see if you want to change the scoop. This pattern is included as a template to get you started, and also features a lowered back neckline as well.

The Fair Fit Method - How the Dress Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose
photo by Brooke Wilkerson @sewbrooke http://customstyle.wordpress.com/

photo by Brooke Wilkerson @sewbrooke http://customstyle.wordpress.com/

 

Fair Fit High Rise Torso

This is where I have been having a lot of fun playing with the Fair Fit dresses that I make for myself. In the past, I really loved a drop waist style. However, in recent years I have been wearing more fit and flare and high waisted looks, so I added the High Rise Torso component to the course Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress.

In addition to changing up the look and feel of the dress, this pattern component also helps resolve tricky fit areas like a sway back, or helps folks with shorter torsos customize their proportions. For some, it really makes a difference in whether or not they perceive the dress is flattering, so it's there as a template for when you take the course.

The Fair Fit Method - How the Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose
The Fair Fit Method - How the Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose
 

Fair Fit Sweetheart Neckline

The Sweetheart Neckline design has always been a favorite because it creates a flattering deep V and is layered, complex, and highly customizable. 

The Fair Fit Method - How the Dress Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose
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The Fair Fit Method - How the Dress Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose

Fair Fit Raglan

I know some folks will not wear sleeveless, and I understand! I do have a sleeve pattern, but for those of you with experience, you know that sleeves are advanced. 

You will have an opportunity to add a sleeve to your Fair Fit garments using the Fair Fit Raglan pattern set. You have to get some draping experience first, because a sleeve is more of an advanced project and you really need to understand your bodice fit, drape, and proportions first. 

However, once you start working with the pattern, you can use it many different ways. I've really been loving the flutter sleeve variation, as well as playing with the lengths of my sleeves. Once you have this pattern set, you will be able to customize it to your liking.

The Fair Fit Method - How the Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose
The Fair Fit Method - How the Bodice is Adapted to Change Style and Purpose

Look for all of these components and courses to become available June 2018. If you want an in depth look at what's covered in each course, please visit https://www.fairfitmethod.com/

 

If you are interested in taking courses in the Fair Fit Method, enrollment for the year long program and Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt is now open! Click the yellow button to read the full course and program descriptions and enroll before it closes December 15th.

 

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