Pants for Real People, Fitting Techniques
1 hour 20 minutes
Pati Palmer teaches you how to
tissue-fit a fitted and trouser-style pant. She covers how to get the tissue
ready, accuracy, common alterations, fabric pin-fitting, and waistband
fitting. Marta Alto shows you how to sew a fitted pant and a trouser,
including invisible and fly zippers, two pocket techniques, pressing
creases, a waistband with give and a non-roll waistband, lining, and
invisible hems. Companions to the book Pants
for Real People.
Real People - Fitting" DVD Video $19.95
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For Real People
"Pants for Real People" $27.95
Forget the fitting shell!
Toss the tape measure—after taking just one measurement! Now, with
just the hip measurement and the help of the new Palmer/Pletsch
book, Pants for REAL People, by Pati Palmer and Marta
Alto, women of all sizes, shapes, and ages can try on the
tissue-paper pattern to see how to fit the pants they sew.
Tissue-fitting, a technique devised and perfected by Palmer/Pletsch
over three decades of hands-on teaching, has never before appeared
in print for pants. 192 pages.
"Pants for Real People" (coil bound) $31.95
"Pants for Real People" (USED
Pants for Real People, Sewing Techniques
1 hour 25 minutes
A new interactive DVD from
Palmer/Pletsch shows you how to sew great looking pants that flatter any
body. Marta Alto sews a fitted pant and a trouser, beginning with trying
on her altered tissue to check it before cutting. The goal of this DVD is
not only to show sewing techniques for two styles of pants, but to show how
you can fit yourself using hand-held and full-length mirrors"
Real People - Sewing" DVD Video $19.95
Marta starts with a fitted pant. She shows how to prepare her fabric, pin
the pattern to it properly, cut, and mark the darts. She then demonstrates
how to sew in an invisible zipper without any special zipper foot and using
basting tape as a sewing aid. After finishing the crotch seam, she shows
how to pin-fit the pant. This is important as the amount of ease you will
want in a pant varies with the fabric.
After fitting, Marta demonstrates the no-gap single-layer side seam
pocket. It is non-bulky and easy to sew for those of you who are pocket
lovers. Finally, for women whose waistline fluctuates during the day, Marta
shows her own technique for a fitted waistband that “gives.” She uses
elastic, but ends up with what looks like a regular interfaced band with
about 2" of stretch built into it.
trouser style has many more details, so Marta tries on her altered trouser
pattern with all those pieces pinned together. She shows how to
stream-shrink wool at home on a padded pressing surface she made for cutting
and pressing. After cutting her trouser, she shows several ways to mark
darts, tucks and the front crease-line. She then sews the pleats, pockets
and fly zipper before pinning the front and back together for a fitting.
Often, you need to take in the back crotch seam as whereas the pattern
tissue is stable, the long back crotch area in fabric is bias and can
stretch out. She tries on the pinned pant and shows how to adjust the ease.
Finally, Marta shows her new one-step waistband fitting method and how to
sew a designer non-roll waistband complete with belt carriers. She drops a
lining into the pant and shows how to do an invisible hem in her beautiful
prerequisite to this DVD is Pants for REAL People FITTING Techniques where
Pati Palmer shows you everything you need to know about tissue-fitting
yourself. And, the companion book which includes thousands of photos and
line-drawings of even more fitting and sewing techniques is Pants for
REAL People. The book covers much more than the DVD, but some people
learn better when they can first see something done live. Also, unlike
videos, you can go to where you want to in an interactive DVD. It is quick
to find where you want to review or stop and start if you are wanting to sew
along with Marta.
Marta Alto’s sewing experience stems from her study of home economics at
Oregon State University, combined with several seasons sewing costumes for
the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. During the past 30 years she has taught
others her no nonsense approach to sewing at major department stores, fabric
stores, and for Palmer/Pletsch throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Marta is co-author with Pati Palmer of Fit for REAL People and
Pants for REAL People.