• 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 Petite Plus Wardrobe Creation

Pattern Alterations with the New Table

Pattern Altering Table

A sewing client wants me to alter a skirt pattern for her. I rough cut the pieces and used a very hot iron to smooth them first. Here’s where I encountered a problem with the fusible pellon grid. The iron I use for this purpose is an older iron that gets very, very hot but […]

Fusible Pellon Grid

Work Table with Fusible Pellon

I ironed on the fusible pellon grid directly to the table top of my new work table to give me “permanent” straight lines for lining up patterns when I’m altering. Here’s how I did it: Straightened the cut end by cutting carefully along 1 line. Pinned the pellon directly into the cork table top, aligning […]

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!

Sewing and Craft Storage

I have this wonderful little storage box in my sewing room. It actually mounts right on the wall. The little drawers are about 2″ x 3″ and about 8″ long. The drawers are clear and I’ve labeled each with its contents. The drawers are large enough to hold: packages of twill tape or bias tape […]

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 […]

Disposing of “Sharps” in the Sewing Room

Hospitals have special containers for disposing of used needles and other dangerous sharp items so no one emptying the trash will get poked. Sewing rooms need some kind of device to do the same job. Throwing bent, broken, or worn out pins and needles in the regular household garbage can is dangerous too. I actually […]

Posts to come . . .

Don’t be thinking that I haven’t been sewing every spare moment all summer! I’ve actually completed 5 pairs of yoga pants for my brother, 3 tops, 2 dresses, 2 (almost 3) pairs of jeans and a cloned bra for myself, 1 pair of trousers for a client, a jean jacket for my husband, and a […]

One of those days . . .

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. I just haven’t been writing about it. I’ve made some changes in the sewing room. I bought some sheet cork and my hubby glued it permanently to the table top for me. Now I can iron directly on the […]

Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – Constructing the "practice" fly front pants

(Note: Left and Right of the pants/zipper are as if you are wearing the pants) When fitting this practice pair of pants, getting the crotch right was definitely a challenge. Trial and error seems to be the only way to do this if you don’t have a sewing buddy to help. It’s difficult to reach […]

Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – Pattern Alterations – Pin Fitting The Fly Front Pants

I carefully straightened one end of the fabric by pulling a cross thread and cutting along it then pinned the selvedges together accurately. I pinned the two ends of the grainline on each pattern piece the same distance (yes, I used a ruler) from the selvedge to make sure the pattern piece was exactly on […]