Fit for Real People

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Fir for Real People coverFit for Real People
Palmer and Alto
2006, 2nd ed.

Submitter:  I don’t weed, I work in acquisitions.  Check out the book I am ordering today!  It’s a customer request, so whatever I can do… The cover is so horrifying, from the clothes, to the pose to the design.  Here’s hoping it gets weeded soon.

Holly: It’s a little cheesy, for sure. Hopefully the advice is good. Does it include patterns? The outfits on the cover wouldn’t be too bad if they were made in different fabric. It just looks like something out of the 1990s. But, if the patron wants it and your library can afford it, I guess it has at least one guaranteed circulation.


  1. I know this looks terrible, but I do a lot of sewing, and this is actually a great reference. It gets recommended around blogland a LOT. It could use a serious aesthetic update, though…

    1. I agree, this is THE book recommended all over for pattern adjustment (including the adjustment I do for Every Single Pattern) and how to figure out how to make a pattern work for you. It’s more of an example of why you need to know your selection area, or why professional librarians do weeding and not machines, than an ALB. Seriously, do not weed this book.

  2. After weeding a horrendously out of date book on making your own wedding dress, complete with photos of 90s mall hair and enormous poofy sleeves, I tried to find another book on making your own wedding dress that looked more modern. I had a REALLY hard time finding anything that was published in this millennium. I don’t know if DIY sewing is going out of fashion, or what. I finally did find a nice book on couture sewing that included wedding gowns/special occasion dresses, but never did find one that specialized in just wedding dresses. Sewing techniques don’t really change all that much, but boy, the styles sure do!

  3. My first thought (based on a quick glance of just the title alone) was that it was a book about fitness, and I was wondering why they were all wearing dresses. Yikes.

    1. I thought the same thing: “Oh look, these 4 real people have gotten fit and are now having a nice lunch out together to celebrate.”

  4. I have this book and it’s about adapting patterns to fit your body’s shape. Good info, but it could use an updated style. Thing is, I think with the advent of the internet (youtube, blogs, etc.) a lot of people learn online rather than books – so it’s harder to publish newer editions. I gave up sewing a while ago and am now taking up knitting. Whenever I need to learn a new technique, there are several videos online to help.

  5. I sew a lot of my own clothes, and it does have a lot of useful information on the clothes fitting process! I do agree that the fashions are pretty dated, but the principles are good.

  6. With shows like Project Runway, there should be new books on design and tailoring available. A publisher’s update of this book might be really successful.

  7. I bought this book just a year ago from a second-hand shop. The examples are dated, of course, but not the techniques. Like Abby says, it’s about how to diagnose what’s wrong with a pattern’s fit and change it to fit and flatter you. There’s a lot of such information around, but I found that this one took a unique approach that I haven’t seen in any other writings (whether book or internet) on this subject.

  8. I am currently weeding through my library’s collection of sewing and pattern books. If I saw this book with all of it’s 90’s fashion, and it hadn’t circulated in 4 or 5 years, I would definitely get rid of it. Books like these are difficult because, as stated many times above, patterns and prints and styles change, but not techniques; my library is lucky enough to have some newer versions of practically the same information.

  9. It’s definitely one not to throw out. I have weeded, but as someone who sews, both that and the one about wedding dresses are keepers.

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