• 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?

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 avoid looking in mirrors as much as possible. Perhaps I’m “mirror blind”. I don’t know the reason. However, if I see myself in a picture or video, I see, more objectively, what others see.

This is a problem, especially when shopping for clothes. The problem extends to shopping for clothes, patterns, accessories, shoes, make-up, hairstyles, glasses, etc. whether online or in store.

Bigger Ideas from Color Me Beautiful

Bigger Ideas from Color Me Beautiful

I’ve come across another great book. This one is titled Bigger Ideas from Color Me Beautiful; Colour and Style Ideas for the Fuller Figure by Mary Spillane, published in 1995 by Judy Piatkus (Publishers) Ltd. (ISBN 0-7499-1565-X).

You might think that 1995 would be too dated to be helpful in 2011 but, in this case, you’d be wrong. Although some of the fashion pictures are a little outdated, most of the advice is not.

I’m either going to have to buy this book or take lots of notes. Since I do custom sewing for clients and specialize in plus sized clothing, I’m thinking I should just buy the book.

For years, I have struggled to identify my body type. I am short and fat. That’s all I really knew. I thought I had a defined waist and my shoulders are only slightly narrower than my hips but did that make me an “hourglass” shape? From the waist down I am 1 or 2 sizes larger than from the waist up. Does that make me a pear shape? I carry a lot of weight around my middle. Does that make me an apple shape?

Each shape has a different set of guidelines that are recommended for dressing it the best. Until you can definitively decide, “I am a  . . .”, how do you dress your body?

I suspect that, like me, a lot of plus sized women struggle to identify their body types and, if they, too, suffer from “mirror blindness”, how can we possibly decide what looks good or bad?

I’ve basically always bought clothes based on what would go around my fat torso, my fat arms, my fat legs, and, if I was lucky, I might only have to shorten the sleeves or hems. If it was comfortable, I liked the color, and it would go around me, that’s all I required from a garment.

This book helped me to see that I am, indeed, an hourglass shape. Plus sized, still, but an hourglass nevertheless. Before all you other shapes decide to hate me because I have the sought-after hourglass shape, keep in mind that I also don’t have the shapely limbs that apples have, meaning sleeveless tops and dresses are out and most skirts and dresses are out. As my waist is high, at elbow length, belts are really not comfortable and as I’m short, wide belts are definitely out.

This book not only has sections to define the best looks for all the different shapes, it also has specifics for “Little but Large” women like me. Petite Plus in other words.

It also includes sections on hairstyles, makeup, and even accessories (how does the shape of your earrings affect your face?)!

If you are one of the many plus sized women who struggle with finding the best clothing shapes and your own “style”, I’d highly recommend reading (or even buying) this book.

I have no affiliation with anyone who makes money from the sales of this book.

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