Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
The Fair Fit Method is an online sewing and design curriculum that will teach you how to create custom clothing for yourself that adapts to your personal shape and style.
The Fair Fit Method is an online sewing and design curriculum that will teach you how to create custom clothing for yourself that adapts to your personal shape and style.
You pick up the latest pattern, maybe a little hesitant as to whether or not it is really going to work for you. All of the pictures online look cute, but you have had some burns in the past. The burns may have hurt your confidence a bit. As you pressed in your sewing practice, advancing your construction, you came up against some problems you didn’t know how to solve, or even what terms to google.
Or maybe you didn’t know how to alter the pattern, or the tutorial you found wasn’t the right solution for your unique situation. This experience may have made you more than a little nervous as the sew up fails you experienced in the past cost you time, materials, effort, and confidence.
Or it could be you are ready for a whole new approach, and are seeking a challenge that is going to be a fun and interesting way to advance your skillset while working with a totally different and new kind of pattern.
In my online video course series, the Fair Fit Method, I share with you my personal design process and patterns that I have used in my creative practice to design and develop custom clothing that explore expressive and innovative sewing techniques. In order to teach the method, and all of the pattern sets, and every sewing, draping, fit, and alteration technique encompassed in the method, I have created a series of 6 online courses. Each course, and the pattern sets that you will learn to use, allow you to create a diverse wardrobe of personalized garments.
And for those of you who struggle with fit, proportion, and pattern alterations, I know it will save you a lot of time when you learn to approach your projects by focusing on your unique style and shape. In the Fair Fit Method courses, you will learn a process of custom design for your own body.
A standard cut and sew pattern can not give you as much freedom of expression as the Fair Fit Method, because they are generalized templates that are built on average measurements. In a traditional pattern, you are sewing a project that’s been designed for you from start to finish. You do get to choose your fabric, and maybe a little bit of how you sew it, but you don’t have as much choice in the design of the garment, which leads to lots of frustrations in sewing when you want to change a pattern. When you want to change a pattern, you need a whole other skillset.
With the Fair Fit method, you get a lot more choice in the design. My courses teach you the process of how to customize clothing using the Fair Fit pattern system. I call my approach “Fair Fit” because I believe it is fair to teach the skills and empower you with a self directed process to solve a problem and trust your own choices, rather than keep the secrets I've learned in my professional career held tight to the vest. With ready to wear and sewing patterns, you rely on a designer to determine fit, style, and choose your design concept, and because of this, you just don’t have as much freedom and can’t work as fluidly.
Instead, the Fair Fit Method teaches you a process of design, and this process will help you understand your own body, shape, style, and proportion. Having the skills and knowing ways that clothing is designed on a professional level and the ability to problem solve your own fit issues, will give you more freedom in your sewing while building your confidence. I believe having the confidence to make your own decisions, sew things your way, and fit them yourself is truly how you grow in your passion for sewing.
The Fair Fit Method is a year long curriculum of online 6 courses in which you will make several garments and learn intermediate and advanced fashion design techniques. Each course and project builds on itself, introducing new proportion, fit, pattern, sewing principles and techniques that advance your craft with each project. The projects are planned so that as you create a garment, you learn a new skillset, and each garment helps you advance to the next. You are learning a process of design. In fact every course in the Fair Fit Method follows this specific plan:
You choose how you will use the pattern by selecting the set of blocks to achieve your desired final result. These blocks are even more interchangeable as more sets are added throughout the program. The Fair Fit blocks are comparable to a set of fashion legos, they can be switched out and elaborated upon to achieve a custom design.
The Fair Fit Method uses sewing methods that I’ve developed to create innovative and unconventional garments. This kind of sewing you will not find in commercial cut and sew patterns. We do make a muslin- but the garment you use to learn your drape, fit, and proportion will be sewn in my raw finish method. That way, you still get a wearable garment from your check fit garment, and this method of sewing enables you to make your pattern alterations much more easily. When your check fit is complete, we apply the alterations to your pattern and then you are free to create a second garment featuring a different sewing method.
Throughout the program, you will learn many custom sewing methods to advance your material understanding and muscle memory, while teaching you how to approach sewing creatively and artistically. In each course, you can choose from mixtures of clean and raw, serged and sewn, topstitched and pieced, the options of sewing in this program are diverse and truly exciting!
All of your Fair Fit projects will be draped. By the end of this program, you are going to have a greater understanding of how designers think through their projects, adding and editing as they go, and learning to develop a fluidity that you can’t get with cut and sew patterns.
The draping portion will teach you about fit for your body. You will learn principles and practices, but more importantly the problem solving skills and confidence to fit for yourself. I love seeing the lightbulbs turn on as a student learns that fit is often over thought- and that you can tackle it swiftly and effectively and still have fun.
The videos in the course tackle the most common alterations that are discovered during your check fit. And since we have previous students who have participated in the courses, I have a lot of recommended alts to show you.
I know it would be impossible to think up every alteration that can and will occur, so as more students take the courses, new alterations will demonstrated as needed.
The videos in the courses are filmed in real time in my studio to enable me to be responsive and adaptive to student fit and draping questions that arise. During our course durations, alterations and demonstrations are added as they are needed, creating an archive of fit, design, and pattern customization lessons. When you do your check fit, if something isn't right, you are going to take a picture and send it to me so I can send you the recommended adjustment.
When you make your second garment, you get to design further, applying what you have learned in the first garment and taking your second garment to new areas of exploration. This is where you can change the up the type of fabric for your dress, play with pattern and print, repurposing, or use interesting methods of topstitching and sewn lines. As we progress throughout the year, you will learn a new method of sewing each time to add to your arsenal of skills.
You get every lesson, every pattern, and every technique taught in the method. You will be taking the program as it was designed, working each project in order. It's the equivalent of enrolling in a course of study for the entire year, with a program designed to grow your skill set in a specific way as if you were going to university. Enrolling in the year long program ensures you a spot in all of the courses and you will not have to keep track of registration dates.
This makes the courses more accessible for those of you who would like to try one course first and see if you like the method. Or maybe you want to take a few of the courses and are budgeting. You still have to take the core classes, Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt, and Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress, in order, and will have to watch for registration times to continue on with the courses if you love the program.
INCLUDES ALL COURSES:
Each course in the Fair Fit Method is taught through video instruction, with pdf books, the patterns, and supplementary materials to support you through the course work.
The Fair Fit Method opens up new and unexpected pathways for creative expression with its unique and adaptive pattern blocks. One of their greatest benefits is that the pattern is drafted and graded to allow for a more customized and effective fit. Their unique shapes allow for you to play with the design of each garment, changing up the style lines to create looks from classic to cutting edge.
Guided, step by step video instruction of the techniques, methods, and new skills you will learn, workbooks, project patterns and bonus patterns for customizations, and hands on exercises.
An introductory live webinar each session to introduce you to the projects we are making, inspire your process, and share the new approaches you will learn.
As each course begins you will have access 24/7 to the videos, modules, and materials. You will create a login and password to enable access from anywhere, at any time, on most up to date devices and computers. You also get unlimited access to the content- your ability to take the course does not go away, so even if life gets busy and you can't participate for a few months, or you go on vacation, you can come back and pick up where you left off.
For folks who need and want more accountability, with weekly assignments/deadlines and tasks to complete, I'll send you weekly syllabus updates and reminders to keep you on track with the timeline and work during the course. That's what is meant by "6 week" or "8 week" course.
Each time the course opens, we will have an introductory live webinar to go over course content and answer any questions before you begin building your garments. For those unable to attend, you can still watch the replays.
I will also be available via email for any enrolled student who has a question with the course work. I hate a messy inbox, so I usually respond within 24 hours, 48 if I'm traveling or on the weekend. It is highly encouraged that you email me- while there are many, many, demonstrations and tutorials already in the course, I can't know a fit, proportion, or specific alteration if you don't ask!
You will need access to a computer or a smart device and an internet connection strong enough to support video streaming. You also must have an adjustable dress form to participate in this course and access to a sewing machine. Most Fair Fit dresses use up to 5 yards of fabric, and Fair Fit skirts use up to 4 yards, and you will need to buy thread, zippers, snaps, or hook and eye closures for most projects.
Be sure to check our current size range before you enroll, and make sure you are using or purchasing a dress form that corresponds to your measurements.
(monthly payment plan option is available)
In the first course of the Fair Fit Method, you will learn the foundational skills used to make all Fair Fit garments. In Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt, you will learn beginner draping skills and how to analyze your body shape, size, and proportion to pad out your dress form to create an accurate fit. This aspect of the course will help you learn how to utilize a form better, and benefit your sewing practice and how you make to all garments moving forward.
Understanding the Fair Fit Pattern
In our first project, you will learn how to determine your own unique body length, circumference, and foundational principles of proportion that will help you create a flattering custom skirt.
All of your Fair Fit garments will be draped, and you will also learn pattern alterations to further customize the fit. After the pattern is finalized, you will move onto your second skirt, choosing either another pattern variation or implementing the sewing methods taught in the course.
You will learn how to drape and shape a pencil skirt- which is honestly the hardest skirt to fit, am I right? With this part of the pattern variation, you will see how to customize the skirt band and backside in ways that you can't with a commercial pattern.
The alterations learned will help you down the road with future pencil skirt projects, should this become your preferred skirt style line.
The A Line skirt is my favorite skirt to make as it is pretty much universally flattering and the easiest to drape and fit. With this skirt, you will learn how to drape and smooth the lines, customizing the fullness of the skirt as it relates to your desired design as well as unique proportions.
You will be encouraged to play with lengths as well, as you may find you want to change the height of your waist band, or the length of your skirt, and later down the line add more panels and bands to create more customization.
After you make a pencil or an A line skirt, you will have the chance in this course to make the pleated version by customizing the pattern and learning how to drape pleats into your skirt and add them to your band.
Sewing is a huge area of focus in the Fair Fit Method. Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt is a perfect opportunity to focus on the 2 most essential sewing techniques used in the Fair Fit Method so that you have a chance to practice the core sewing methods before moving on to the dress.
The raw finish method is used to create a working muslin to customize the fit, proportion, and the pattern. You get to keep and wear the muslin, as opposed to a garment you have to just toss out.
The clean finish method is a mixture of sewing, turning, and pressing. This method will definitely enhance your material handling skills and coordination as you learn how to force the fabric to the seams to get a clean finish result.
It's a little bit more time consuming, but the final result is very beautiful and offers the opportunity to find ways of featuring the contrast fabric in interesting fashions.
Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt includes14 modules, over 25 videos, hours of instruction, design worksheets, the Fair Fit A-Line, Pencil, and Pleated Skirt pattern sets, with a pdf book, and a working timeline, all located on a online personal dashboard that you can access 24/ 7. This course will give you a foundation in draping, pattern fit, body proportion for your lower half, as well as the core principles as to how Fair Fit Garments are made. It is the prerequisite to Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress, and sets up your skills for all upcoming Fair Fit Method courses in 2018.
Upon registration, you will receive an email confirming your enrollment in the course. On January 1st, you will be sent an email to set up log in and password to access your course dashboard. The course will begin the first week of January and you can decide whether you want to work at your own pace, or follow our guided timeline.
Andrea Eastin has pursued sewing and the design of clothing since age six and has designed her career and life around the exploration. She is the owner, designer, and educator of Fair Fit Studio and for the last 4 years has taught people how to sew and make their own clothing. She is the creator of the Fair Fit Method, a pattern system and a process for adaptive custom design. Her teaching philosophy is to help people learn more advanced concepts like draping, fit, and custom design in a playful and approachable way to grow in your skillset while earning confidence to make clothes your own way.
Eastin’s passion is to bring unique garments to the world where the intersection of fashion and craft combine. Her elaborate couture collections have been featured in runway shows and presentations that showcase her expertise as an experimental creator, storyteller, and surface designer.
Eastin graduated with honors for her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa, and in 2010 she earned her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her studio practice integrates personalized clothing design and construction with mentoring and educational curriculums. Eastin is an expert and teacher of innovative surface design techniques, fashion design concepts and craft, and unconventional approaches to pattern making and garment pattern systems.
If you are unhappy with the course for any reason, you will have an option of a no questions asked refund within 10 days of the start of the course. After that, no refunds or exchanges are provided due to the digital nature of the courses.
Or by learning the Fair Fit Method you will enter into an intensive study to change and advance your approach to sewing.
When I started my blog a few years ago, readers would ask me for more advanced fashion methodologies. They already knew most of what I was describing and demonstrating for beginners, and were honestly looking for a challenge. At the same time, I was also receiving weekly emails describing the woes of fit and the disappointments many had faced when attempting to learn how to fix specific pattern and garment fit problems. I was asked to help, and of course passed on general information that applied to the commercial sewing patterns on the market. But in the back of my mind, I knew it was my experience of making Fair Fit garments (the way that I will teach you how to make them) that gave me an advantage when problem solving garment design issues.
Because you are not just teaching a series of steps that anyone can work through and get the same result. Rather, fit is taught in methods, and design is taught in methods, and to leap into this next area of expertise will require you to approach these topics from a visual thinking stand point. This process of visual problem solving will show you how to find solutions and trust your gut, rather than relying on simplified explanations that might not apply to the problem you are facing.
This process of critical thinking, visual problem solving, and a positive solution oriented approach not only benefits your wardrobe sewing, but doesn’t that help ALL areas of any creative practice?
By participating in Fair Fit Method courses, you will learn all of the approaches to fashion design and creating custom clothing that I have used throughout my creative practice and professional career. You absolutely, without a doubt, will learn something new. I believe these new methods and approaches will build your confidence and open up a new creative outlook in your personal sewing practice.
When I was learning, I had to figure everything out on my own. This was often under pressure to perform or sell a finished product that would be fit for retail. I try to be the teacher I was looking for at that time, when I was in competitive professional settings or competitive educational institutions it was extremely intimidating learn that way. And with sewing and fashion design, I found out that you don’t know what you don’t know. It always felt like there was something I was missing, something I could do better, or a solution someone else knew that would solve all of my problems. And I learned that was just not the case.
Rather, improvement comes with evolving your process, learning to think about things from another angle, and try new methods that might seem intimidating or uncomfortable. This is how you grow, and this is how creative practice works. With the courses in the Fair Fit Method, you will be asked to try new and unconventional, sometimes even uncomfortable, ways of sewing and building a garment. Even if you don’t like it, you will still grow and use these skills in other garments that you make.
What would it mean to know how to fit for your own body, how to customize a pattern fluidly by applying draping skills, while building creative garments that reflect your creativity and perspective in design?
You can take every course, learn every method, and sew all the patterns while gaining expertise from the entire curriculum:
Or you can participate in each course one at a time, enrolling as the courses open for registration in 2018. You will start here: