Tunic Pattern Fitting Tutorial – the Nancy Zieman Way

Stitch it Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way SS 113 by NZ Productions on the Nancy Zieman Blog Featured

Tunic Pattern Fitting Tutorial – the Nancy Zieman Way

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Watch the Stitch it! Sisters Program 113, Tunic Pattern Fitting – The Nancy Zieman Way with hosts Deanna Springer and Dana Casey. In this video, the Stitch it! Sisters share Nancy Zieman’s tried and true pivot and slide pattern fitting techniques for fitting our McCall’s Tunic & Dress Pattern, M8022.

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Watch Stitch it! Sisters Program 113: Tunic Pattern Fitting – The Nancy Zieman Way!

Watch the Stitch it! Sisters Program 113, Tunic Pattern Fitting – The Nancy Zieman Way. Learn Nancy Zieman’s tried and true pivot and slide pattern fitting techniques. Nancy’s techniques and expert advice give you the confidence and know-how to create perfectly fitting garments, every time, even for beginners!

 Pattern Fitting Tutorial for McCall’s Tunic & Dress Pattern M8022

Nancy Zieman Productions McCall's M8022 Tunic and Dress Pattern available at ShopNZP.com

  • Use Nancy’s Right•Size Measurement Fitting Chart to determine your pattern size to cut out.

Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way Right Size Front Width Measurement Chart

  • Find your Right•Size Front Width Measurement by measuring straight across the front chest, between the creases in your skin–where your arm meets your body.

Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way Personal Fitting Chart Taking Accurate Right Size Front Width Measurement

  • Use Nancy’s Personal Fitting Chart to record your body measurements and plan your pattern alterations.

Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way Personal Fitting Chart Illustration

Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way Personal Fitting Chart

  • Take a small amount of time and follow Nancy’s step-by-step body measuring and fitting techniques for a pattern that is “fit to be tried.”

 

Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way Personal Fitting Chart Taking Accurate Measurements

 

Nancy Zieman Productions McCalls M8022 Tunic and Dress Pattern with Cowel and Center Front Pocket

  • Our McCall’s Tunic & Dress Pattern, M8022 features princess seams–for a flattering fit for all sizes, along with an optional hidden front pocket between the side front seams! Because our McCall’s Tunic & Dress Pattern, M8022 features princess seams–you’ll divide your needed increases (above) by eight, as we’ll have eight seams to when we’re later sewing our princess-style tunic.

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  • When the pocket pattern piece is stacked onto the center front pattern piece–you’ll see this pocket is located perfectly between the side front seams!

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Timesaving Sewing Tips from Nancy ZiemanBefore beginning the pattern fitting process, press Pellon’s Easy-Knit Interfacing to the back of each pattern piece, for ease in handling–plus durability! Be sure to press with an Eze-View Press Cloth and no steam.

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Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP BlogPlace a pin at the stitching line where the shoulder and armhole intersect. “Pivot” the pattern to the desired bust line increase amount, and trace the outline of the original pattern edge.

  • Keeping the pattern pivoted, move the pin to the stitching line where the armhole and side front seam intersect, pivot the pattern to meet the desired waistline increase, and trace the outline of the original pattern edge.
  • Keeping the pattern pivoted, move the pin to the stitching line at the waistline, pivot the pattern to meet the desired hip line increase, and trace the outline of the original pattern edge.

Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP Blog

  • Keeping the pattern pivoted, move the pin to the stitching line at the hip line, pivot the pattern to meet the hem, and trace the outline of the original pattern edge to the lower hem.
  • Repeat pivoting steps on the pattern side front, center back, and side back pattern pieces.
  • Optional: Repeat pivoting steps on the sleeve pattern, if needed.

Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP Blog

Timesaving Sewing Tips from Nancy ZiemanThe pattern is increased in the bust line, waistline, and hip line–all while maintaining the original seams! The original cowl and sleeve pattern pieces will stitch together with the altered Right•Size pattern pieces!

Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP Blog

Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP Blog

  • Stack the pocket pattern onto the altered center front pattern piece, matching circles, and trace the Right•Size red marked lines onto the Pattern Making Paper of the pocket pattern piece.

Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP Blog

Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP Blog

  • All “Right•Size pattern marked lines”–in red–are now the new pattern cutting lines. Using Sewer’s Fix It Tape, tape original pattern pieces to Right•Size pattern pieces, and cut out pattern and fabric.

Stitch it! Sisters Tunic Pattern Fitting the Nancy Zieman Way S!S 113 by Nancy Zieman Productions at the NZP Blog

Timesaving Sewing Tips from Nancy ZiemanPractice Nancy’s tried and true pivot and slide pattern fitting techniques using Nancy’s FREE! Mini-Pattern Pieces. Download and print Nancy’s Mini-Pattern Pieces, today!

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14 Comments

  • beth d.
    September 22, 2020

    I need help in fitting my patterns. This gauge will help me.

  • Debbie Echaves
    September 22, 2020

    The sliding gauge looks like a great tool for altering.

  • Karen Poole
    September 22, 2020

    I have the book featured in this post and absolutely love it! It has helped me many times to change up a pattern and make it fit properly!

  • Dixie
    September 22, 2020

    The sliding gauge looks like something I need to help me alter my pattern.

  • Noreen
    September 22, 2020

    No one does pattern altering better than Nancy. She always had such great sewing ideas!

  • Susan Du
    September 22, 2020

    Thank you for the garment fitting tutorial. I’m a novice but this makes it so easy.

  • Carolyn T
    September 22, 2020

    The fitting techniques reviewed today are core ‘must know’ methods for every garment maker. Thanks for including Nancy’s charts, SiS!

  • CARLA
    September 22, 2020

    I have such a hard time trying to make my own clothes as I read the pattern info over and over before I ever get out the material. But I know that this gauge would be good for patterns of any kind whether they are for clothes or even quilts. It seems that you need to mark anything you are trying to sew. Would love to get this sliding gauge and learn how to use it.

  • Bonnye
    September 22, 2020

    Nancy zieman’s book was recommended by my sewing teacher. I have used it many times and would not be without it.

  • L Watson
    September 22, 2020

    I really like the look of the tunic pattern!

  • Susan
    September 22, 2020

    The tunic pattern is so versatile and the sliding gauge looks like a very handy tool.

  • Clovis
    September 22, 2020

    The sliding guage would be a nice addition of sewing notions.

  • Kaye MattsonI
    September 22, 2020

    I enjoyed watching Deanna and Dana alter the tunic pattern. Actually seeing them doing the pivot and slide method makes it easier for me to understand the process. Thank you for a great video.

  • Diane Mills
    September 24, 2020

    When I first discovered the Sewing with Nancy programs she was teaching this method of altering patterns to fit. I understand the basic concept of regular altering but when it comes to the princess patterns (which I love) I am confused about where exactly to alter the pattern. In the video here you only altered one side of the side pattern and then the front part. I could use some help with this and I love the slide tool. I love your videos as well.

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