• 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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Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – The Fabrics

I have also chosen a few fabrics to begin with. Kathleen advises in her book to choose a flattering neutral color as the base for the wardrobe. Choices are colors like black, beige, navy, gray, white, and so on. I’m tired of all the black in my current wardrobe, I generally dislike browns, and white doesn’t fit my lifestyle (farm life) so I’ve chosen navy. I happened to have a large piece of navy fabric that I bought years ago. It was expensive, about $45.00/meter (Canadian) and I bought 5 metres if I remember correctly (should’ve labeled it!). I’ve always been afraid to cut into it but I have decided to begin with it.

I also found a couple of smaller pieces in my fabric stash that go well with the navy and will make some coordinating pieces from them. (The navy fabric is on the right – it didn’t photograph well on it’s own but seems to be OK if another fabric is also in the picture.) This navy fabric is rather light-weight. I will interface it where necessary and I may even line or underline the pieces I make from it. I live in a rather cold climate. Summer is very hot here though and it would make a nice summer outfit. I just don’t know yet.

Navy & White Fabric

Navy & White Fabric

This navy/white print is sort of like T-shirt fabric but with no stretch. I don’t have much more than a metre or so but I think I can get a sleeveless top out of it. I will probably cut a v-neckline because it is a t-shirt type of fabric.

Pink Floral Striped Fabric

Pink Floral Striped Fabric

This pink floral is also a non-stretch, t-shirt type of fabric and I only have about a metre of it. Both of these fabrics came from my mom’s stash when she passed away. I will try to make another sleeveless top from this and make the stripes vertical – or, if there’s enough fabric, I can cut on the bias and have diagonal stripes and a bit of stretch.

Yet another coordinating piece I found in my “stash”. This one has old fashioned eyeglasses on it. This piece is a rather heavy stretch cotton that I bought a few years back when I was working at an optometrists clinic. It actually has old-fashioned wire rimmed glasses on it. I only have about a meter of it left too. Yet another sleeveless blouse!

    Eyeglass Fabric

Eyeglass Fabric

At least with this fabric, there is another color introduced (dusty rose pink) which I can “build” my wardrobe with.

Brown Paisley Fabric

Brown Paisley Fabric

I bought 3 metres of this paisley fabric. It has bits of navy but also gold, brown, and plum tones. It would even go with an earthy-green color (something I would never wear) or a muted yellow. Although I’m not a fan of most browns, I know I look nice in dark brown and I will make a few brown pieces, pulling from the colors in this fabric.

Pinky Beige Floral Fabric

Pinky Beige Floral Fabric

This is another new fabric I found with a small floral print on a sort of pinkish brown background. It gives me some more color choices to pull into my new wardrobe. By purchasing 3 metres, I have enough to make a long-sleeved blouse, a skirt, a jacket, or a pair of pants. This fabric is cotton so it would be better for a blouse or short dress.

Navy/Silver Sriped Stretch Fabric

Navy/Silver Sriped Stretch Fabric

Here is a striped, stretchy fabric I bought new to make a nice coordinating blouse from. The only new color it introduces to the wardrobe is the silver metallic stripe it contains (which doesn’t show well in this picture but it is there). I have 3 metres of this too. I plan to make a blouse with a separated bodice and cut it so the stripes are vertical on the bottom part and perhaps diagonal over the bust.

Multi-colored Fabric

Multi-colored Fabric

In my search for fabrics with navy and some other colors in them as well, I came across this bright, multi-colored fabric. It is very thin though. It would make a nice summer skirt or blouse. I think it is too thin for a dress. It does introduce a whole rainbow of new colors to build more pieces for my new wardrobe. I purchased 3 metres of this fabric too. I might have enough of this to make a scarf as well.

Pink Linen-look Fabric

Pink Linen-look Fabric

The “Eyeglass” fabric above led me to the idea of creating a skirt or pants in a coordinating pink color. Here is what I found. This fabric is of unknown content but looks like linen. I bought 5 metres of it. It also looks like it wrinkles easily. I will interface and/or line it to reduce wrinkling.

Here are the two together.

eyeglass-and-pink-linen-fabric

"Eyeglass" and pink "linen" fabric

If I make a navy skirt or pants, a blouse from the print, and a pink jacket, I think they would make a great outfit. As I am a size larger on the bottom, I need to keep darker colors for bottom pieces. I could also make a pair of pants from this fabric as a solid color on my bottom half and a print on the top would also work for my figure.

Looking through my fabric stash, I have also come across a few other fabrics which would make good neutrals for another “branch” to my new wardrobe, like a couple of dark, rich browns, a large piece of periwinkle, and I’m hoping to find a nice dark, rich purple. I will post pictures as I update this blog.

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