• 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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All posts in category Jackets

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Jacket Patterns

Black and White Figure Flattering Quiltwear Jacket Sewing Pattern

Check out these beautiful, figure flattering, black & white quilted jacket patterns we have added to our website! Multi-size pattern that’s great for Intermediate sewists. Make several in different colors!

How to use a tailor’s clapper

Here I use a Tailor’s Clapper to help smooth princess seams I’m pressing while constructing a grey, wool jacket.   At the bottom of this picture, you can see the curled princess seam I need to press open on this jacket. I’m using an iron set to “Wool” and lots of steam. I need to […]

Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – Pattern Alterations – "The Super Slimming Jacket"

When I get a new pattern, I first rough cut the pieces apart, just to give me smaller chunks to iron. I iron each piece carefully with the iron at its hottest setting and using no steam. (If I come across a stubborn wrinkle, I use a bit of steam and it will flatten out […]