• 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 […]

Shopping Online for Sewing Fabric – Tips

Like most sewists, I love shopping for fabric. Set me free in a fabric store and you can generally pick me up in a week or so. However, I live in a remote area with only 1 local fabric store and they cater to quilters. Almost every bolt in there is 100% cotton. Great for […]

Another Great Sewing Book

Reed Books Canada The Complete Book of Sewing A practical step-by-step guide to sewing techniques by Chris Jeffreys Copyright 1996 Dorling Kindersley Limited, London ISBN: 0-433-39840-X Yet another book I borrowed from the library and MUST have in my own collection. I need another book like a hole in the head but I’ve already ordered […]

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 […]

Finally, a Really GOOD Beginner Sewing Book!

Sewing Machine Basics; A step-by-step course for first-time stitchers by Jane Bolsover published in 2010 by CICO Books (ISBN: 978 1 907030 73 4). Borrowed this book from the library but I’m going to buy it in spite of the facts: I’ve been sewing for over 20 years. I know a lot about sewing. I […]

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 Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook

I’ve been reading again. Surprise, surprise. This time it is The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook by Charlene Phillips (ISBN: 978-0-89689-623-0). This book was an easy and fascinating read about the history of sewing machines, what attachments came standard with many of the older machines, and how to use all those weird looking contraptions that come […]

White Vintage Model 782 Sewing Machine Back in Service!

White Sewing Machine Model 782

I had to travel the 2 hours to “the city” yesterday so I scheduled an appointment for Mom’s old sewing machine to the repair center. I was able to get the tune up done and pick it up before coming home again. Today this vintage sewing machine is officially back in service. It doesn’t look […]

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 […]

Storing Your Scissors in the Sewing Room

Scissor storage in the sewing room can be a real problem. Put them in drawers or plastic tubs and they knock against each other, potentially dulling the blades. What else can you do with them? I’ll tell you . . . Go to your local hardware store and look in the tools section for magnetic […]