The Process I Used to Create the Latest Fair Fit Dress Collection

I am thrilled to share with you today what I’ve been working on behind the scenes for the last 2 months! With the launch of the Fair Fit Method this past winter and the opportunity to share ideas and design projects within the course, I spent January and February coming up with new designs for the Fair Fit Dress with the intention of sharing these designs with the current Fair Fit Method students to inspire their work in the upcoming Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress course.  I created a collection for a video collaboration I did with my friend Jill Hall. In this post, read more and check out the video!

The Fair Fit Method Sewing + Design - How sewing professionals have used the sewing patterns and methods in the course

My friends Brooke Wilkerson and Dr. Casey Stannard PHD are my peers, and so when sharing the methods with them I saw it not as a form of teaching, rather it was a collaboration. Both bring such a high level of experience, expertise, and refinement to their work, and played a critical role of encouragement and support while I was developing the Fair Fit Method.  I thought it would be really fun to share the process of working with them, as well as what they were able to do with the pattern. 

And, for me, it was like getting to have those fun sewing days with a friend, with Casey in person and Brooke from a distance, because we bounced ideas back and forth and they inspired me to change my perceptions of how I saw and experienced my own process.

The Fair Fit Method Sewing + Design - What the Courses are Like for Beginner Sewists

My students in Baton Rouge who are beginners have the opportunity to learn in person with me, so they do have an advantage over beginners who learn with me online. Having a teacher in your presence does give you a lot of confidence, and it does help to have me standing over you, lol! In today's post, I wanted to feature some of their thoughts and insights for those of you who are eager online learners and want to know more about the experience that students are having with the course materials and pattern.

The Fair Fit Method Sewing + Design - How the Dress Pattern is Customized for 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 full course curriculum later in 2018. 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! Head on over to my profile to check it out.

The Fair Fit Method Sewing + Design - Sewing, Fit, and Design Skills You Will Learn and Practice in the Courses

Are you finding yourself stuck on one or two scissor patterns? In sewing, its important to develop a confidence and fearlessness in the projects that you pick. I know on the outside the Fair Fit Method and the garments I am going to teach you how to make can appear unusually made, or even a little intimidating. In this post, lets discuss 6 core skills needed to advance in sewing and design that you will learn in my courses, and hopefully resolve any doubts you might be having about your own skills and ability to take the course.

The Fair Fit Method Sewing + Design- A Look Inside Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt

In today's post, lets look at the course taught in the Fair Fit Method, Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt. I'll show you the sewing skills taught in the course, and the pattern variations you will have the option to customize. For those of you who have been following my process this year to release the Fair Fit Dress, I'd like to share with you more of the timeline, so you can see the course I have laid out, and the series of tests that lead me got me where we are today.

The Fair Fit Method Sewing + Design - How We Sew and Customize 2 Garments in Each Course

In every course make 2 garments- one for learning fit and proportion and the other to finalize your sewing and design. We don’t want any of your work to go to waste, so your “muslin” in the Fair Fit Method uses the raw finish sewing method so when its done it’s still a wearable dress! Meanwhile, your second garment is a project to explore construction and additional sewing methods and you can change the kind of fabric you are using, play with pattern and print, repurpose, or use interesting methods of topstitching and sewn lines. Click through to read more and see all the possibilities!

The Fair Fit Method Sewing + Design - How I Teach Pattern Fit and Alterations in the Courses

For the last 2 years, it seems all I've been teaching are pattern alterations and how to walk folks through customizing a pattern. Its a good thing, because in the Fair Fit Method courses, I not only teach many different pattern adjustments, but as we work through the program and more students participate, more alterations will be added to create a custom library for your reference. In this post get a preview of some pattern alterations and how I teach them in the courses.