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By Marian Lewis That may seem like a dumb question, but it really isn't. You may answer, "At my side, of course!" But, "where" at your side? Do you know where your side seam should be? Most folks believe that their side seams are halfway between their front and their back. That's because ready-to-wear and sewing pattern companies make their products for evenly balanced bodies. How many people do you know who are evenly balanced front to back? Most of us have larger tummies that offset that balance. The side seam pulls to the front to accommodate the extra bulge. Envision a pregnant gal or a beer bellied guy. If their side seams were halfway on their garments, the seams would fall in front of their legs. That's a bit extreme, but you get the picture.
of us have protruding derrieres. The side seam pulls to the back. Your side seam should be in the middle of the side of your leg about about where your ankle is and go straight up in a perpendicular line to the middle of your underarm. Use a plumb line to help you identify this line on your body. Measure your front. Measure your back. Full body measurements won't do it! Alter your sewing patterns to accommodate your unique body to get good fit. You need more fabric where you have more bulge! It just makes sense!
©2009 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved 1st Step To Sewing Success Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor and the creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks. In her ebook, Common Sense Fitting Method For Hard-To-Fit Sewing Folks, find out step-by-step WHAT you really need and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern. It just makes sense! Finally, you can sew great fitting pants and end your fitting frustration. Marian is also the author of other eBooks related to sewing including, "Sew A Tee Pee And Accessories For Your Tribe Of Kids" and "Classy Designer Straight Skirt" where she teaches basic and advanced sewing techniques.

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Comment by Claudette Grant on July 1, 2009 at 11:11am
Hi Marian:
It's great to find someone who really knows about fitting. Kudos. I am a newbie would you please get in touch with me privately. Thanks.
Claudette.
Comment by Mrs.Carol Mattice on June 24, 2009 at 2:32pm
Very Good!
Comment by Estelle Combs on June 24, 2009 at 10:33am
Since I often sew for Plus=Size & Super-size bodies, I knew about this. It seems like a "no-brainer" at first. Then, when you actually "do the math" on the standard patterns, you find out that every side seam ain't a side seam!

THANKS for the reminder!

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