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Fitting session

Here are the pictures of the session at Kenneth Kings studio while he was fitting my jacket.

I traced a size 42, tapering to 44 at hip height. After tracing I already thought that it would be short for me above the waist. The pocket would be very high and I added 3.5 cm above the waist.

Further I noticed that the dart under the collar is visible, and you can see that in the magazine picture too, where they show the plain version. KK changed the position of this dart, changed the collar and it will be laying a bit more to my neck and less flat.

The most important change was in the back, he made separate pattern pieces for left and right, to accomodate a not symmetrical shape at hip height. Robin already said it too, it was impressive to see how fast he works. If you click on the second picture, you’ll see a front with a bow that he made, testing a pattern from a Japanese pattern book.



Some pictures from the morning, also showing Robin while Kenneth shows us a fur jacket he made. It was such a special event, he is such a great designer and it was such a pleasure to look around and see some of the garments he made up close.



Apart from designing and making fabulous clothes, Kenneth King also shares his knowledge in his Threads articles and his books, in which he shows technique with a lot of clear pictures and often new approach to doing things. Below a test weltpocket for my jacket, made by the method in his book Cool Couture. It will get a flap in the jacket, but I don’t want to spill too much fabric on samples before cutting the jacket. The fabric is from Sew It up, and I forgot to note the contents, but it’s not all wool.


I’m definitely ready for fall sewing, today here it looks like fall already: dark clouds, raining and temperatures around 20 celcius (below 70 fahrenheit). I’ve many plans (and too little time), a lot of inspiration online and in the new Knip Mode and Patrones magazines. September Burda is promising to have some great patterns for me again. I received the Patrones today, and if you like jackets, wow, there are a lot of them, some of which I like a lot. Though if you are plus-sized: there are no plus size patterns in it this time, it looks like they are publishing a separate plus size magazine soon, like Burda does.

More on the magazines another time.


  1. The fabric you have chosen is so beautiful. The straight lines of the check will be nice in contrast with the curves of the jacket. I was impressed with how good the muslin looked before he started, but the little changes he made took it to a new level. And that coat, my goodness that long-haired fur coat was amazing. I am rather kicking myself that I did not think to take more photographs. You did such a thorough job photographing my fitting - thank you! I hope you have little bits of time for sewing. I understand how busy life can get.

  2. Lucky you to have such expertise on hand -separate back pieces and all!

    I do not envy you the challenges involved in sewing the jacket you have chosen. I have looked at it often, then looked at 3 1/2 dots and thought, "burda do not label things 'advanced' lightly" so my guess is that front strip is hard to attach accurately.

    I shall enjoy watching you do the hard work on this one!

  3. How cool is that? You really know how to do a visit to USA! KK is such a doll :) Enjoy your adjusted pattern, Sigrid and thx for the pix

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience with the great Kenneth King.

  5. Good luck with the jacket. As I said to Robyn, I'm going to plan a US trip around a KK workshop.

  6. Wow! What a wonderful way to end an amazing vacation in NYC! I'm glad that you and Robin had the opportunity to be fitted by Kenneth. The jacket fabric is pretty...I'm sure you are going to make a wonderful jacket with it!

  7. I want to learn alterations! I'm jealous that you have someone you can go to. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

  8. If you start doing assymetrical patternpieces you múst be good! Wow, what an opportunity to meet someone like Kenneth King.
    I'm also into fallsewing. The weather here doesn't exactly make you think of summer anymore. Such a shame! But let's look on the bright side: bad weather outside, lots of opportunity to sew!

  9. You lucky guys!! And I am surprised at how small Kenneth is. He certainly is very talented. When I ever get time to sew again, I will trying more things out from his book.

  10. how great to have expert fitting help. So jealous!

  11. Wow you really are lucky having KK fit you and show you some of his technics!. I cant wait to see the jacket all done. I'm also surprice[like Vicki] to see how small KK is.

  12. I'm sure being fitted by and spending time with Kenneth King was fantastic. I loved the look at his studio and his cut-offs and slippers!

  13. How awesome to get a personal fitting with Kenneth King. Good luck with the jacket.


  14. Sigrid thank you for taking photos and sharing your fitting session with us. I like how KK thought of things that most of us wouldn't and the fabric you are going to use is beautiful. Happy sewing!

  15. I absolutely love Kenneth and getting a personal fitting from him. I always watch him in amazement as he quickly makes the adjustments to the muslin and transfers those adjustments to the paper pattern. I am in awe of that long haired coat and other creations. Did you got to see his latest creation of the jeans and matching jacket?

  16. How very fortunate you two are! Such a fantastic experience and such knowledge to draw from.


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