Learn to Fit and Sew Bodices


Learn how to fit a woven bodice to your body and finally have clothes that fit you well.

Fitting can be intimidating, but we take the overwhelm out of learning these essential skills, all while sewing up a wardrobe staple, the Hinterland Dress.

This online course includes the Hinterland Dress PDF pattern + pattern sheet shipped to your door, over 12 hours of video instruction, and membership in our vibrant online course community.

For confident beginner sewists, or intermediate sewists who want help with fitting.


This Fit and Sew Bodices course includes the Hinterland PDF Sewing Pattern, as well as a printed copy of the full-size pattern pieces shipped to you, a total value of $31.

If you are brand new to using a sewing machine we recommend you start with Intro to Sewing or Sewing Basics 1. It could also be helpful to take Sewing Basics 2 and Beyond Sewing Basics to learn intermediate sewing and finished techniques. (We have a whole page with details about our carefully-designed Learn to Sew Your Clothes course series.)

a versatile dress pattern

Fit and Sew Bodices

Project: Fit and sew the Hinterland Dress

The iconic handmade dress, our much-loved Hinterland, provides an ideal opportunity to delve into how to fit a bodice. The Hinterland offers a timeless, comfortable, and elegant silhouette. Featuring three sleeve options, partial or full button down plackets (as well as a no-placket option), customizable length, and inseam pockets, this is a pattern workhorse that spans the seasons.

Skills learned:

  • How to “read” a muslin
  • Fitting principles
  • How to raise or lower a dart
  • How to do a full bust adjustment (FBA)
  • How to do a small bust adjustment (SBA)
  • Shoulder and back adjustments
  • How to do a full bicep adjustment
  • How to sew bust darts
  • How to sew bias facing
  • How to sew a placket
  • How to sew buttonholes

What’s included:

  • 12 hours of video instruction
  • Lifetime membership in our private, online support group
  • Pattern pieces shipped to your door
  • Exclusive discounts at our favorite fabric shops
Learn more about the Fit and Sew Bodices online course.

Already own the Hinterland pattern?

You can purchase the course for a reduced price, without the pattern included.

Skill Level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate

Pattern included?