• 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.

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Another Great Sewing Resource Book

Here is a quick review of Practical Sewing: Step-by-step to perfect dressmaking and home sewing by Ann Ladbury and published by Rand McNally & Company in 1976 (ISBN:528-81039-1 [Hardbound]/528-88198-1 [Paperback]).

This book is another “must-have” resource for any sewists library. It includes very comprehensive coverage of a wide variety of sewing-related topics for any level of experience, from beginner to advanced sewists.

The table of contents (page 5) reads as follows:

  • The Basics of Sewing
  • Sewing Machines
  • Hand-sewing Equipment
  • Fibers and Fabrics
  • Pressing
  • Hand Sewing and Stitches
  • Machine Stitches
  • Seams
  • Hems
  • Bindings
  • Zippers
  • Fasteners
  • Perfect Dressmaking
  • Patterns
  • Interfacing
  • Shaping
  • Facings
  • Waists
  • Sleeve Openings and Cuffs
  • Sleeves
  • Yokes
  • Pleats
  • Collars
  • Pockets
  • Belts
  • Lining
  • Fitting and Altering
  • Sewing for the Home
  • Curtains and Shades
  • Table Linen
  • Bed Linen
  • Slipcovers
  • Pillows
  • Decorative Sewing
  • Embroidery
  • Embroidery Equipment
  • Crewel Embroidery
  • Machine Embroidery
  • Smocking
  • Canvas Embroidery
  • Drawn, Counted and Pulled Thread Work
  • Quilting
  • Appliqué
  • Patchwork
  • Beading
  • Repairs
  • Machine Faults
  • Natural Fibers Chart
  • Manmade Fibers Chart
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments

Inside this book you can learn how to read patterns, see how to sew a wide variety of hand and machine stitches, and learn specialized techniques used on various parts of a typical garment.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great sewing resource. Once again, don’t let the age of the book fool you. Everything in it is still applicable to modern sewists!

I don’t think this book is in print anymore but there are a few used copies available on amazon.

**Note: Once again, I have no affiliation with anyone who makes money from the sales of this book but I am a huge fan!

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