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Feminine Fit: Bust Shaping Techniques

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Flatter your feminine side with sweaters that embrace your bust, hips and waist. Joan McGowan-Michael teaches you how to shape knitwear to fit.

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What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Joan McGowan-Michael
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
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Class Overview

Take proper measurements, choose the right size and make adjustments to any sweater pattern with Joan's practical advice and quick techniques. Accentuating the positive is often just a matter of having the right skill set, including the ability to combine different pattern sizes, lengthen sweaters and adjust for curves in both the front and back of the body. This class will give you examples of bust shaping, neckline alterations, armhole placement and shoulder cap adjustments that help achieve the perfect fit for any body type.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Adjusting Necklines and Shoulders
Meet Joan and learn about adjusting shoulder fits.
2. How to Fix a Gaping Sweater Front
3. Unifying Two Sweater Sizes - Top and Bottom
4. Adding Short Rows
5. Perfect Sweater Armholes
6. Biceps and Sleeve Caps
7. Shoulder Slopes
8. Bonus Lesson: Setting In Sleeves

Taught by

Joan McGowan-Michael
Joan McGowan-Michael
Joan McGowan-Michael has been a professional fashion designer for more 25 years, styling garments for retailers as diverse as Frederick's of Hollywood and JC Penney. She founded her company, White Lies Designs, in 2001. It has since become the original go-to resource for lingerie patterns for hand knitting, and other romantic, vintage inspired knitwear styles in a wide range of sizes from petite to plus. You've seen her work in Big Girl Knits, Stitch & Bitch Nation, and The Best of Interweave Knits. She has appeared on DIY's Knitty Gritty and the PBS series Shay Pendray's Needlework Studio. Her book, "Knitting Lingerie Style," was released in May 2007 by STC Publishing.

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