• 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 tagged wardrobe building

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 […]

Measuring Crotch Curves

I was reading some more of the great sewing tips in Deepika Prakash’s book (ISBN-13: 978-1-58923-502-1), published by Creative Publishing International, Inc. in 2010. I came across this GREAT tip for measuring crotch curves. I’ve struggled with this measurement for years. I bought a flexible curved ruler to measure with. I even had my hubby […]

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 […]

Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – Constructing the "eyeglass" blouse

I cut this blouse out at the same time as the white/navy blouse using the same pattern. I had only a little more of this fabric. On the previous blouse, I wasn’t entirely happy with the depth of the v-neckline so I cut this one deeper. This fabric has a bit of stretch so I […]

Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – Constructing the white/navy print blouse

This is about the construction of the sleeveless blouse from the white and navy print t-shirt type of material. I used a shell pattern I’d altered awhile back because I didn’t have much of this material. I also had to include a center front seam as there wasn’t enough fabric to cut it on the […]

Building a New Wardrobe for Petite Plus Size Women – Pattern Alterations – Flat Fly Front Pants

I thought pants would be easy to fit. NOT SO! First I pressed and cut out all the pieces. Next I marked the seam allowance and tape-reinforced the crotch area. Then I pinned up the hem and pinned the pieces together for a pin fitting. As explained in the Palmer/Pletch pant fitting video, it is […]

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 […]