Teaching personalized fit to home sewers using a hybrid workshop format: A case study

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2017-01-01
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Stannard, Casey
Eastin, Andrea
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A gap in knowledge still exists for the home sewer when attempting to achieve proper fit. Some sewers even become frustrated with the fit of commercial patterns to the point that they decide to pursue non-apparel products. Thus, the purpose of this research was to investigate the success of this method which was delivered in a hybrid workshop format for teaching the principles of fit and basic draping techniques to home sewers. A local designer piloted a fit-based workshop targeted at teaching home sewers the principles of fit by draping a unique pattern on a dressform. Data were gathered using two questionnaires and participant observation at the workshop. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. Following the workshop, the participants indicated that their confidence in fitting their own bodies had increased.

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