• 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 in category Petite Plus Wardrobe Creation

What is a “princess” seam?

It took me years and years of sewing before I finally learned what a princess seam was. Princess seams are flattering to almost all figure types. They will enhance your waist, if you have one, or give you a waist if you don’t. They add another vertical line in your garment which elongates the figure […]

A Modern Method To Finding Your Best Colors

I’m not putting a picture with this post – you’ll see why in a bit. As I mentioned in previous posts, many women, like me, have “mirror blindness,” that is, we can’t see ourselves objectively in a mirror. The best way I’ve found to overcome this problem is to look at a picture or video […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Skirt from Hell – Client Ordered

I’ve been extremely busy sewing over the last week. I had a client ask me to make a skirt for her in time for a social event. She originally wanted a two layer skirt with the outer fabric being one she’d ordered off the ‘net but that fabric didn’t arrive quickly enough so she went […]

The Best Interfacing

I’ve often been asked, “What’s the best interfacing to use?”, especially when sewing jackets and blazers. Blazers and “suit” type jackets are my absolute favorite thing to sew. I must’ve sewn 40 of them in the past few years! Call me crazy… Over the years, I’ve stuggled with choosing interfacing that will work with various […]

The Grey Jacket – Petite Plus Princess Seam Jacket Pattern 202

I decided I needed a grey jacket to add to my wardrobe. Grey is such a great neutral color and can be worn with so many of the other colors I like and already have in my wardrobe and fabric stash. I wanted a particular color of grey though. I wanted something medium dark, great […]

What Size Sewing Pattern Should I Buy?

You take your measurements carefully. You buy a pattern that lists your measurements. You spend hours making the garment. The result? It doesn’t fit! How frustrating! After a few experiences like this, you are tempted to give up on sewing altogether. You just buy whatever clothes fit the best in the store and wear them. […]