Pants For Real People — Pants Book on Fitting and Sewing

(4 customer reviews)


Pants for Real People Second Edition — Updated in 2019

by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto

Forget the fitting shell! Toss the tape measure after taking just one measurement! Now, with just the hip measurement and the help of Pants for REAL People, by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto, women of all sizes, shapes, and ages can try on the tissue-paper pattern to see how to fit the pants they sew. Tissue-fitting, a technique devised and perfected by Palmer/Pletsch over three decades of hands-on teaching, has never before appeared in print for pants. 176 pages.

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Pants for Real People, the most complete and innovative book ever written on fitting and sewing pants, comes from 40 years of hands-on teaching experience. Fitting by measuring the body has been tossed out the window. Pants for Real People makes pant fitting so logical that even a beginner can follow. Clear and easy to understand, with over 850 illustrations and 250 photographs of REAL people being fitted in pants. Plus, there are hundreds of techniques for waistbands, zippers, pockets, hems, linings, jumpsuits, men’s pants, maternity, designing, and more.

What’s NEW in the Second Edition?

After using Pants for Real People with our students for nearly a decade, we have refined our methods throughout and added these great new features:

• New step-by-step order for tissue-fitting. Our students tell us it’s now easier than ever!

• Ten pages on sewing your own designer jeans! Learn the latest about fitting and sewing and you’ll never want to bother shopping for ready-made jeans again.

• New jeans sewing order for faster results when using BOTH topstitching and regular threads and the serger.

• Expanded information on contour waistbands. Get the curve of the band just right for YOUR body. Match contour band seams at zipper opening.

• The latest updates about fabrics for pants.

• Page numbers added to the Body Map fit chart for easy reference.

• More on no-side-seam pants.

• New zippered pockets.

We learn as we teach, so Palmer/Pletsch books keep getting better and better! Stay up to date with the latest tried-and-tested information available!

Pants for Real People, Second Edition
ISBN: 978-0-935278-96-5
8.375″ x 10.875″ 176 pages

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 in
Pants Reg/Spiral

Pants for Real People Regular, Pants for Real People Spiral

4 reviews for Pants For Real People — Pants Book on Fitting and Sewing

  1. Janice Aston

    This is one of those books that needs to be in every sewists library! With an extensive section on fitting bodies (that we can all relate to!), step by step illustrated construction techniques, and easy to follow directions, this book is such a great tool to solve your fitting issues and master your fit. I personally love the section on sewing an expandable waistband! This technique is perfect for Ponte knit or stretch woven pants that fit amazingly well and are so comfortable. There’s no need to sacrifice comfort for fit, you can have both! As a sewing instructor this is a must have for me personally and in my pant workshop. Students find it an invaluable wealth of information. In the studio you will see this book everywhere. Regardless of the style of pant, it will never be out of date.

  2. Helen Bartley

    My true rating is ten stars! As a sewist, this book is empowering, as a sewing teacher, indispensable. Pati Palmer’s clear, concise instructions paired with Marta Alto’s brilliant and time-saving sewing techniques equals solid gold. Wearing a pair of perfectly-fitting pants made with your own hands is such a joy. Learn to Tissue-Fit then fit as you sew and not only skip the muslin but know at each step that your pants will fit when finished. Every imaginable fit challenge, pocket style, waistband treatment, and hem treatment is illustrated and explained on these pages. My personal copy of this book is dog-eared and loved from use. As an added bonus, it’s a fun read: full of humor and real life.

  3. Pamela Leggett

    Pants For Real People is the definitive book on everything pants! As an instructor, this book has been an invaluable tool to help my customers fit and sew pants. As a pattern designer with a popular pants pattern (#113 Pants…Perfected, I use this book as a companion guide for my pattern. A pattern can only have so much information in a guide sheet – this book fills in all the gaps plus more. Fitting is the major concern when making pants, and the majority of this book is devoted to just that subject There is not another pant book available today that can compare to Pants For Real People.
    Pamela Leggett, owner/designer Pamela’s Patterns

  4. Tammie Pontsler, M.A.

    “Pants for Real People” is a must have to achieve an excellent fitting pant! I have used this book for myself as well as for pant making classes I have taught. What I love most about the book is that the diagrams are easy to understand and the explanations for pattern alterations and sewing steps are very clear. When the book is paired with a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, the adjustments are even easier because the alteration lines and suggested seam allowances are already drafted into the pattern. I also appreciate the section of fit solutions with real people in their fabric pin fitting. It helps to see fit challenges and solutions in both the tissue fitting and the fabric pin fitting. Lastly, I love the variations and design modifications explained in the book so sewers can create the pants they desire regardless of the pattern they have purchased. Beginner to advanced sewers can quickly be empowered to achieve success!

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