• 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?

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 quilted cover for my piano. Whew!

As well, I’ve been adding sewing products like mad to my new sewing supplies store and working on a design for it. I’ve finally found an american supplier of similar sewing stuff so I can sell to US customers too. I just need to get the shipping rates in place. You can see it at www.ciscosewingsuppliesandnotions.com. I’m moving all the Canadian supplier’s products over to www.ciscosewingsuppliesandnotions.ca.

Between all that, the Bed In A Bag store, running the U-pick Berry farm, making wine, haying, and getting the garden vegetables frozen and canned for winter, writing articles about bedding and sewing and maintaining three blogs it’s been a busy time! Oh ya, and I was interviewed for a newspaper article in our local paper this summer too.

The jeans I mentioned above were all made from the Jeans pattern by Petite Plus Patterns. The first two pairs were made with stretch denim. It is my favorite fabric for jeans. Both pairs fit wonderfully. The third pair is a non-stretch denim with embroidered designs all over. What surprised me is that the same pattern used on both the stretch denim and the non-stretch denim fit me so well. Kathleen Cheetham’s designs are so perfect for plus sized bodies!

These jeans have an extra vertical seam down the back of the leg. This is a little bit different from any other jean pattern I’ve ever seen and when I was making the first pair, I was skeptical. Would this seam feel strange and bulky down the back of my butt and legs? Would it be very obvious?

It amazed me that it was NOT obvious and I didn’t feel it at all when wearing the jeans. The fabulous part is that extra seam allows for more precise fitting. It’s kind of like a princess seam in tops. That extra seam allows you to adjust for body curves to make the garment really FIT well.

I have a lot of Kathleen’s patterns and have tried a lot of them. Each time I try a new one, I’m even more impressed. In my experience, she is the most consistently excellent designer of patterns for the plus sized woman, petite or not!

I see Kathleen has a new Yoked Blouse pattern out now. It looks fabulous too. Mental note: Get that pattern! :-)

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