Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes That Fit and Flatter

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This is the larger woman's essential guide to garment construction. Designed to meet the needs of the basic sewer, Sewing for Plus Sizes guides the reader through such important steps as selecting designs, colors and fabrics that will enhance plus-size figures.

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This is the larger woman's essential guide to garment construction. Designed to meet the needs of the basic sewer, Sewing for Plus Sizes guides the reader through such important steps as selecting designs, colors and fabrics that will enhance plus-size figures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561585519
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 349,874
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Deckert, who designs and makes plus-size fashions, is a frequent contributor to Sew News, Threads, BBW, Radiance, and PACC News. She is a charter member of the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers and has over 30 years of sewing experience.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vi
Chapter 1 Sewing is the solution 2
You are what you wear 4
Why you can't find clothes that fit 5
Good fit makes you feel great! 7
Sewing: The smart and satisfying solution 8
Fashion figures for plus sizes 9
Chapter 2 Let's give them something to look at! 10
What to expect when you sew your own clothes 12
The components of design 13
Analyzing proportion and line in pattern designs 18
About your underwear 24
Listen to your compliments 25
Chapter 3 Tools for plus-sized sewing 26
Furniture 28
Sewing machines 29
Measuring and drafting tools 30
Cutting tools 32
Marking tools 33
Pressing tools 34
Hand tools 35
Dress forms for plus sizes 36
Chapter 4 Choosing fabric for plus-sized designs 40
Fibers 42
Making your fabric choice 48
Underlinings, linings, and interfacings for plus-sized designs 49
The quest for quality 51
Chapter 5 Adjusting the pattern to fit your body size 52
Standardized sizing is a misnomer 54
Your body isn't ideal, it's real: sizing up 56
Understanding ease 72
A note on pants 75
Safety first 77
Chapter 6 Adjusting the pattern to fit your figure variations 78
Bust adjustments 80
Rounded upper back 87
Large upper arms 87
Large buttocks 88
Large or hanging belly 88
Large neck 88
Large legs 89
Swayback 89
Hyperextended calves 89
Chapter 7 Design modifications for plus sizes 90
Waistbands 90
Adding pleats to pants 102
Reinforced seams 105
Shoulder pads 106
Closure placement 111
Button placement 113
The magic of gussets 113
Slits and vents 117
Adapting basic patterns to make other garments 119
Chapter 8 A basted fitting: the only way to get it right! 122
Basting the garment for a fitting 124
Fitting from the waist up 126
Fitting from the waist down 134
After the fitting 139
Appendix A Fashion figures for plus-sized designs 140
Appendix B How to find, select, and work with a custom clothier 142
Further reading 147
Resources 149
Index 153
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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Excellent Resource

    This book provides excellent instructions on how to adapt patterns if you are a plus sized woman. It also shows how to make an inexpensive model of your upper body.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Very helpful to changing patterns to fit my size

    I checked this book out at the library and was so excited with the help I got from how to change patterns to fit "ME" I had to have it in my library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    Sew Clothes That Fit

    I have been sewing for more than twenty years. Everything I sew for my family always fits them, but when I sew for myself, the pattern has to be enlarged to fit. For years, I have made my own clothes, since it is much less expensive to purchase fabric and sew than it is to shop in full figured fashion shops. A blouse that would cost me $18 for my daughter would cost me $60 simply because I am larger and have to shop in specialty shops. (Though there isn't more than a yard of difference in the amount of fabric.) Now, after reading "Sewing For Plus Sizes," I can make my clothes fit right, not just make them bigger by adding inches on the side seams. I won't have to avoid princess seamed blouses and dresses. Now I know how to make them fit! This is the book I have been needing and waiting for since I first began sewing. I was so excited, I read the entire book in one sitting. I highly recommend "Sewing for Plus Sizes" to anyone who has trouble fitting into standard sewing patterns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002


    Informative, enjoyable, some humor also. I will feel confident to sew something that will fit for ME. This is a great book.

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