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Title: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 12, 2018, 10:45:51 AM
I bought Sew Fitography last year and finally got around to doing the photographs for it this weekend...

It's an odd one. It's basically software that helps you make patterns not based on measurements but on photographs. You take a suite of photos of yourself which are then put into the program and outlined on the software. From that, you can get a pattern (or a sloper) designed specifically for your outline.

I have had a lot of problems with drafting things flat. For example, I have narrow sloping shoulders but a full bust. I also have a tilted waist and rounded hips. Sleeves are always too long for me and I have a deep crotch curve.

Anyway the pictures I took are horrifying so I won't share them with you. It was a laborious process. Boyf had to tape me up in various ways (putting an X on my neck for example. Marking straight lines from my crotch outwards, I even had an X on each bust apex) and then we took a bunch of photos which look frankly ridiculous.

I decided to send the pics of to their outlining service which cost £20 but I am so hoping that this solution works for me. It hasn't been used by many, probably because it's intensive to get set up, but those who have tried and reviewed have all reviewed it very highly.

Here is the site if you're interested: https://sewfitography.com

I hope to get the outlines back in a few days and try out the sloper. Apparently rather than having to then flat adjust the sloper you can tweak the outline on the software to get it right instead. The outline then applies to all their other patterns and you can choose your own ease et cetera.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: elephun on March 12, 2018, 16:14:33 PM
Sounds fascinating! Please let us know how it goes.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: jen on March 13, 2018, 17:26:20 PM
I’d be interested to hear how this goes. It sounds like a different approach.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 13, 2018, 18:27:43 PM
I just got my "outline" file back but need time to input it into the computer program. The program doesn't run on Mac so I have to wait my turn to jump on the boyfriend's Windows machine.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 13, 2018, 21:13:57 PM
Well this should be interesting If you want a way to make yourself feel terrible about your figure... here it is! But although it looks relatively awful I'm pretty pleased. This is my personal outline "clothed" in the sloper pattern which is what I'm trying out first. After that I can buy any of the other patterns (the software purchased actually included two pattern credits so I've bought the sloper and will probably choose trousers or a shirt as my next...)

It looks very interesting though and quite promising. Knowing those darts are going to accommodate my shape and such... it should be interesting.

I'm hoping to use the sloper along with my various books on pattern drafting to draft some items I see without having to worry about whether they come in my size or not.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Acorn on March 13, 2018, 21:35:17 PM
You don't look like that in your photographs!

Bootstrap send a 3d avatar with their customised patterns.  I suppose the idea is that you look at it and if you think it isn't your shape you know that pattern has gone wrong, but I really wish they wouldn't!

This is quite fascinating.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 13, 2018, 21:44:12 PM
Thing is, I really do! It's taken direct from my pictures and it's a very true representation of my figure. I guess it's down to how we dress and how we look in clothing vs the very oblique, not that attractive angle these were taken at.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Acorn on March 13, 2018, 22:08:46 PM
You look more of an hourglass in your photo.  That pink checked dress they've put you in makes you look rather matronly!  As you say, this is why we dress with thought, to make the best of ourselves and skim over the parts we don't like.

D'oh - now I have 'Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative' going through my head and it'll probably be there all night...   :o
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 14, 2018, 22:00:01 PM
First stage of sewing up, I'm so impressed.

There are still some changes that are needed. I found it tight all over, which can be adjusted in the software (I gave it all very low ease when I did the printout) and there are also some problems with excess fabric around the upper body. This is something I always thought might occur - my shoulders are my most problematic area as I am so narrow and hollow in the chest. It's actually one of the reasons I started sewing... because I find it very hard to get tops that fit because they are all loose around my shoulders (which as we all know is the worst place to have an ill-fitting garment) but tight on my hips.

Anyway, some pics. I am really really impressed with the back especially. The way it hugs in to my sway back and then curves out with the double back darts the perfect amount to go over my large bum (and I carry a fat pocket above my bum too, which is always problematic for fitting). I've never worn anything in my life which hugs my figure like that. I also always avoid straight skirts, but seeing myself in this I'm actually quite liking it and might even consider wearing a straight skirted dress one day...

Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: jen on March 15, 2018, 05:01:31 AM
Pretty good for a first try on. Maybe the upper back needs some fabric pinning out, it’s hard to be sure from a selfie. Also, perhaps consider pinning out a bit of the gaping in the front armhole and swinging the resulting dart into the side bust dart. I agree the hip level is looking nice and smooth in the pics.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: UttaRetch on March 15, 2018, 08:23:49 AM
The back is looking good, although I wonder if the waist darts are a trifle long?
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 15, 2018, 19:25:25 PM
I'm pretty happy with them. They seem to create the right shape for me.

Carol from Fitography got back to me in a matter of hours about my query. She gave loads of advice but suggested as a first step, I add the girth to the waist and hip that I need to see how that influences the shoulder fit. She said that possibly it'd pull the shoulders down which I do think it will a bit, but I don't think it'll be enough. Still I'd rather make small iterative changes than try too much at once. Although it's annoying having to reprint and cut out again, I'd rather get it right at this stage and have a sloper that fits to perfection than try to build off something that isn't quite right.

So tonight that's my plan... second printout and sloper but roomier.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: UttaRetch on March 15, 2018, 19:55:58 PM
I'm pretty happy with them. They seem to create the right shape for me.
I was looking at the 'blisters' at the bottom of each set of darts but as you say, it's a work in progress and I am sure you will crack the fit.

I'm thinking of the Vogue fitting shell, but I think about a lot of things and never actually get off my arse to do anything. :(
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 15, 2018, 21:41:27 PM
Yes good spot actually. It might be poorly sewn darts. I just rushed them together as I was only getting an idea of fit.

I will doubtful ever use the darts in their current set up (I find a princess seam so much more flattering) so will keep them long for my base sloper pattern and then can shorten and restyle them if the time comes.

I'm hoping once this is complete to try and extend the sloper into a nice summer dress. Princess seamed bodice, full skirt, scoop neck and short sleeves.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Sewingsue on March 15, 2018, 22:37:21 PM
I think about a lot of things and never actually get off my arse to do anything. :(
Story of my life and I have been doing it a lot longer than you.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 15, 2018, 22:58:31 PM
I've tried various fitting shells and just found I was too far away from the right fit to be able to pull and pinch to get it right. This has definitely been a lifesaver for me.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 17, 2018, 23:28:34 PM
Just about to sew up my 4th toile.

The first obviously had issues with the width fitting.

The second I increased the width and just tried out the bodice which fit much better on the waist, but I needed more room on the bust.

(https://i.imgur.com/wARcgz8l.jpg)

The third I increased the bust by 1.5" and it seemed much better but it didn't entirely fix the excess fabric around the shoulder. And I felt the bust point was too low.

The fourth iteration has all of the above adjustments but also has a height adjustment. It's actually inputting my height into the software shorter than I am, but it was advised that the pattern seems to be slightly off in terms of my height.

So I'll be sewing that up tonight and seeing how it looks. I do feel the shoulders are still quite square.

Luckily Carol from the company has been absolutely fantastic and gets back to my emails overnight (the company is US based so I've sent her an email each night and woken up to a reply with suggestions.

I'm still very happy with the software overall, despite having to make changes. The adjustments are easy to make as I can just plug it into the software and reprint.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: elephun on March 18, 2018, 00:00:56 AM
It looks like things are coming along nicely. I'm happy that this system and the owner have been pretty easy for you to work with, too. I'm looking forward to seeing toile #4!
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 18, 2018, 19:36:00 PM
5th version it is...

In this final version (hopefully) all the adjustments above remain however Carol has redrawn my shape slightly for me, namely making my armhole smaller as she thinks this will help.

I do feel that the last fit was very close and most probably I am just being overly picky as it's easy to harshly judge fit when working with a white, cotton sateen sloper. I expect when style lines and fabric choices come into play the fit will be less noticeable.

If this variation doesn't look that great... then I will plough one with converting the sloper to shoulder-princess (as I find that to be the most flattering fit for myself) and should be able to do some small flat pattern adjustments on that princess seam to remove as much excess as possible.

My first aim for this in "reality" is to make a short sleeved, v-neck, shoulder princess dress with a fairly full skirt. I have a gorgeous fabric. It is a polycrepe in a rich blue with flowers. It will probably be too hot for deep summer so I want to make it for spring.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: UttaRetch on March 18, 2018, 20:06:08 PM
Beautiful fabric.  Keeping everything crossed for you. :)
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: DementedFairy on March 18, 2018, 20:59:08 PM
I'd agree with the height issue...I want to stand behind you and joist hoik up that bodice  a tiny bit, then fold away excess at the shoulder...which would also make the armhole smaller I suppose.
I like easy fixes!
You have the patience of several saints, good on yer kiddo
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Francesca on March 18, 2018, 22:29:43 PM
Fifth one completed and I think it's done! I put one sleeve in too (hadn't tested that yet).

I did take pictures, well boyf did and what is it about other people taking the worst photos possible?! So I'm not going to share it because it does neither me nor the sloper any justice.

The armhole shift change definitely helped. The sleeve is absolutely skin tight but does fit well, just no ease. I will add ease on the software but I won't print it out and make another toile as I know it'll work (and also unlikely for me to ever want a long, woven, fitted sleeve tbh). When I tried the sloper on with one sleeve it seemed pretty good except for the shoulder seam being slightly off, but I believe that was due to to the tight sleeve pulling the garment away from my neck and the fact I only had one sleeve in. The armholes feel comfortable, so I am happy with it being "good to go".

Next steps will be to balance the darts. Side dart is huge and waist dart is tiny, so I need to balance the two out. Then I need to swing the (now smaller) side dart up to the shoulder to create the basis for my shoulder-princess seams. The back already has a waist dart and a shoulder dart so it's good to go.

I am also going to create a nice little "yoke" piece by closing all the darts on the skirt and swinging out so I have a perfect topper which is "good to go" for loose fit skirts. Hopefully that means I can pull out just that little yoke piece and draw in my own hems/side seams as needed.

I also have this fabric in barbie pink. I am not a barbie pink person (pale or jewel for me) so not sure whether to sell it on or make it up as a straight-skirted shoulder princess version to test out how the fabric behaves. But this is probably worthy of another thread now as I guess my "review" of the software is complete! Seriously, I love this software and thoroughly recommend it.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: Bodgeitandscarper on March 19, 2018, 16:24:19 PM
Good news that you've got it to fit now.  I was interested in this software, but it seems a bit pointless for me to be honest, as all I generally make is jersey tops, or loose fit tops.
Look forward to seeing your garments.
Title: Re: Sew Fitography Software
Post by: jen on March 20, 2018, 14:38:05 PM
How great does it feel that you’ve nailed the fit? I love the fabric btw, it’ll be beautiful.