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Dressmaking for Real Women: How to Adapt Your Store-bought Patterns to Flatter the Curves You Want to Keep and Drape the Ones You Don't

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Women who prefer making dresses for themselves, but are curvy and full-bodied, are all too aware of the limitations that are part of working with commercial patterns. This book shows them how to take a standard commercial pattern intended for a larger size, then cut it back and make the kinds of adjustments that will result in a stylish garment with a flattering fit. They will learn to--
  • Measure their figure accurately and recognize details ...
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Overview


Women who prefer making dresses for themselves, but are curvy and full-bodied, are all too aware of the limitations that are part of working with commercial patterns. This book shows them how to take a standard commercial pattern intended for a larger size, then cut it back and make the kinds of adjustments that will result in a stylish garment with a flattering fit. They will learn to--
  • Measure their figure accurately and recognize details in the pattern that require correcting
  • Make accurate adjustments at every strategic point, including shoulders, necklines, busts, sleeves, armholes, waist, and hips
  • Add their own original features to personalize the pattern, such as collars, cuffs, and decorative details
  • Select the best fabrics for their garment's drape or structure

Dressmaking for Real Women also provides a refresher course on general sewing techniques. Printed in full-color throughout, the book features more than 400 instructive illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438000954
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 327,716
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Lorna Knight designs and produces lingerie and runs workshops in the U.K., where she teaches a wide range of sewing skills, passing on tips and techniques from both the couture and the High Street fashion worlds. She also writes regularly for Sewing World magazine, and has contributed to many other books and publications on sewing topics.
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