Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Joi Mahon at the Baby Lock tech conference in St. Louis. Joi is a fashion designer, pattern designer, garment fit specialist, Baby Lock ambassador, teacher and now author! Joi has been sewing since she took her one and only lesson in 6th grade. When she was 14 she started working with a tailor, learning the fitting and altering techniques that educate her work today.
Joi is well-known in the sewing industry as a fantastic fit teacher. However, since not every seamstress can have access to Joi at all times, she realized that she needed to compile her fit techniques into a book – Create The Perfect Fit.
Joi’s book focuses on real people, real garments and real fit issues. The bulk of the book teaches the reader about various body parts to measure and how to easily increase or decrease a corresponding pattern. I love Chapter 10 where Joi demonstrates real-life fit issues on real people (i.e. not models). The techniques that Joi teaches in the book work for all shapes and sizes – after all, no body is perfect!
Joi has such an amazing talent as a fit guru and as a designer; those are her designs for McCalls Patterns, above. I was excited to see a trunk show of Joi’s work on display at the Baby Lock Tech Conference. See some of the images I snapped below of her beautiful work.
Guess what – today we are going to give one lucky winner a copy of Create The Perfect Fit! To enter, simply leave a comment telling us your biggest fitting issue. Contest runs through October 27 2014. Good Luck!