The Fair Fit Method - Why We Make 2 Garments in Each Course

The Fair Fit Method is a year long curriculum in which you will make several garments and learn a multitude of fashion design concepts. The projects are planned so that as you create a garment, you learn a new skillset with each one, and each garment helps you advance to the next. You are learning a process of design and adaptation that evolves with each garment you make. Enrollment opens November 27th, sign up below to be the first to know when registration opens for the first course and the year long program.

 
The Fair Fit Method - Why We Make 2 Garments in Each Course

In every course you make 2 garments in order to practice and learn the Fair Fit Method sewing processes to create one of a kind garments. This kind of sewing is not the kind used in commercial cut and sew patterns, or ready to wear for that matter. Rather they are exclusive approaches that I have invented and are taught only in my courses.

We do make a "muslin" and this garment is used to learn your drape, fit, and proportion. It will be sewn in my raw finish method, so unlike a conventional muslin you still get a wearable garment from all that work. This method also enables you to see and make your pattern alterations much more easily.

Once you learn your body proportion, fit, and make your first skirt and then your first dress, you can continue to customize the design in shape and style. The pattern is like a set of fashion legos, there are several additional blocks for more advanced designs, like customized sleeves, bodices, necklines, and skirts. This way you can continue to innovate and use unique combinations as you progress through the curriculum, collecting new blocks with each course.

Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress -  Here is a version of a raw finish garment that will be your wearable muslin that helps you learn draping, fit and proportion.

Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress -  Here is a version of a raw finish garment that will be your wearable muslin that helps you learn draping, fit and proportion.

The courses do build on each other, so you do have prerequisites. You can not make the dress, without learning the skirt, and you can not learn the custom advanced options without making the dress. This is a process and plan that I have created so that you grow in capacity and don’t get overwhelmed by too much information and too many customizations given to you all at once.

To advance and increase your skill set requires steps completed one at a time, and that’s why this is a curriculum, not just courses, and not just a sewing pattern. Rather the Fair Fit Method is my design program and I have a plan to advance your skill set. If you follow it, you will learn how to grow your skills into intermediate and advanced approaches to sewing and design.

An example of a Fair Fit Dress, Raw Finish Version with the Circle Skirt and Band Pattern Blocks.

An example of a Fair Fit Dress, Raw Finish Version with the Circle Skirt and Band Pattern Blocks.

Another example of a Fair Fit Dress, Raw Finish Version with the A-line Skirt and Band Pattern Block added to the hem.

Another example of a Fair Fit Dress, Raw Finish Version with the A-line Skirt and Band Pattern Block added to the hem.

By choosing the year long curriculum, you will enter into a course of study to change and advance your sewing practice. In your second garment that you make in every course, you will get to design further and apply what you have learned in the first garment to take your second garment to new areas of exploration. You may want to work with different blocks, apply the pattern alteration you learned, and decide to use a different kind of sewing.

In your second garment, you can change the find of fabric you are using, play with pattern and print, color block, repurpose, or use interesting methods of topstitching and sewn lines. As we progress throughout the year, you will learn a new method of sewing each time to add to your arsenal of skills.

The Fair Fit Method - Why We Make 2 Garments in Each Course

Making two garments not only allows you to refine from the first dress, but there are so many cool ways that you can play with the pattern. The fragmented and small parts of each piece makes the Fair Fit patterns ideal for repurpose, free motion quilting, piece work, and many more contemporary takes on classical craft processes. 

The Fair Fit Method - Why We Make 2 Garments in Each Course

By participating in the Fair Fit Method courses, you will be making a collection of garments. I have found when working with students of the Fair Fit Method that as soon as you make one dress, you have the inspiration to jump into the next. 

I personally have found myself inspired by the students and testers to go beyond my own limited perspective and bounce new ideas around. For example, I found out that I love working with plaid and the Fair Fit pattern because it can be easily cut on the bias so it's not an insane amount of plaid matching. 

I expect that as more garments are made, there will continue to be more iterations with the fabric you will want to try, maybe even dying or printing your own like I used to do!

The Fair Fit Method - Why We Make 2 Garments in Each Course

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