• Singer Perfect Plus

    Sew a Mix-and-Match Wardrobe for Plus and Petite-Plus Sizes


    Kathleen Cheetham presents 4 enclosed patterns, step-by-step construction, and fitting instruction. Readers can create a wardrobe of versatile and stylish garments--which can be adapted for office wear, casual wear, or evening wear, just by varying the colors, fabrics, and finishing details. Never have to say you have nothing to wear again!

  • The Pocket Stylist

    Behind-the-Scenes Expertise from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Unique Look

    Professional fashion advice for all body shapes and sizes!

  • Pants for Real People: Fitting Techniques

    Any sewer will benefit from the fitting techniques featured in this informative DVD, a companion to Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques . 

    Sewers will learn how to buy the right-size pattern, fine-tune it before cutting, and then tissue-fit it. 

  • Pants for Real People: Sewing Techniques

    This informative guide illustrates how to sew great pants that flatter any fit. 

    The tips and techniques within this useful reference include how to prepare and cut fabric, mark darts, sew zippers, pin-fit the fabric, press seams, and attach different styles of waistbands. 

    This DVD is a must-have to follow up the fitting DVD.

  • Big List of Sewing Blogs

    Big list of Sewing blogs - I'm in, are you?

All posts for the month May, 2011

Measuring Crotch Curves

I was reading some more of the great sewing tips in Deepika Prakash’s book (ISBN-13: 978-1-58923-502-1), published by Creative Publishing International, Inc. in 2010. I came across this GREAT tip for measuring crotch curves. I’ve struggled with this measurement for years. I bought a flexible curved ruler to measure with. I even had my hubby […]

Rookie Mistake – Laugh for the day

If you need a laugh, read on . . . So I’m working away on the grey jacket yesterday. I attached the front facings, snipped to the stitching line at the top button notch and the collar notch, then understitched to hold the seam allowance to one side. All went perfectly. Then I attached the […]

Another Great Sewing Book

Reed Books Canada The Complete Book of Sewing A practical step-by-step guide to sewing techniques by Chris Jeffreys Copyright 1996 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London ISBN: 0-433-39840-X Yet another book I borrowed from the library and MUST have in my own collection. I need another book like a hole in the head but I’ve already ordered […]

Sensible Fashion Advice for Plus Sized Women

Aside from finding clothes, or making them, that actually fit and flatter, many plus sized women face another unique challenge. We don’t look at ourselves objectively. I can’t look in the mirror and decide if an outfit looks good or not. Perhaps it’s because I don’t like the way I look so much that I […]

Finally, a Really GOOD Beginner Sewing Book!

Sewing Machine Basics; A step-by-step course for first-time stitchers by Jane Bolsover published in 2010 by CICO Books (ISBN: 978 1 907030 73 4). Borrowed this book from the library but I’m going to buy it in spite of the facts: I’ve been sewing for over 20 years. I know a lot about sewing. I […]

Can bras be made by home sewists?

While my favorite garments to sew are blazer-type jackets, my 2nd favorite has to be bras. A few years ago, I took a bra-making course in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In the class, each participant was measured carefully for a bra and was able to purchase a set of patterns drafted by the instructor in their […]

Favorite Sewing Machines

Anyone who reads my blog will be aware that my personal favorite sewing machine is Mom’s vintage White model 782 (which I now own – Wahoo!) but I’ve read that the machine that does the very BEST straight stitching is actually the Singer Featherweight machine. I hope to own one of these one day. And […]

Can a Sewing Needle Penetrate Glass?

I came across an amazing slow-motion video this morning of a man throwing a sewing needle through a piece of glass. Although not really on topic, it’s VERY cool and you have to check it out! Scroll down to see the video . . . http://www.sewingseamsgreat.com/category/sewing-needle/

How to thread a sewing machine

Here is my video about how to thread a sewing machine. I use the White 782 machine in this video and I show you how to wind the bobbin, how to insert the bobbin into the bobbin case, and how to insert the case into the machine. Then I show you how to thread the […]

Murphy’s Laws of Sewing

I have been reading again . . . What can I say, I love the library! This book is called 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips; Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers by Deepika Prakash (ISBN-13: 978-1-58923-502-1), published by Creative Publishing International, Inc. in 2010. On page 8 I came across Murphy’s laws […]