Have you ever had a pattern with so many fitting problems, you’re not sure where to begin? I tried to ignore some of them, like the front darts on my skirt being too close to the center front/back and looking really weird, but I couldn’t. If I’m gonna make the skirt, it might as well be right, right? So today, I’m going to show you how to move a dart on your sewing pattern. You can use this same method for any dart, like a bust dart. Read more
Just when I think I’m ready to finish a project, I discover several fitting problems. How is it that my waist fits fine, but the hip area is too tight? This is one of the problems I ran into in my effort to make my pleated skirt, (you can see part 1 of the pleated skirt here). I needed to add 3/8″ to each side seam of my skirt, but only at the hip-well mostly right above the hip line. But, I needed to do this and keep the same waist measurement because my waist fit fine. It was just the area above the hip line giving me a problem. So today, I’m going to show you how to add to your hip, not your waist (or without changing your waist measurement). When I say hip, this also includes the area directly above and below your hip line. It just so happens, I only need the extra room directly above my hip line. Read more
Have you ever seen a skirt you really liked but it didn’t come in your size? Or it’s no longer sold by the store? I saw this pleated skirt on Nordstrom’s Web site a few months ago and thought it was so cute, but they no longer sell it. So I decided to challenge myself and copy it. Im almost sure I have a few more gray hairs from making this pattern. But, I think it was worth it. After many versions later, in Part 1 of 2 videos, I’ll show you how to make this pleated skirt pattern. These aren’t your usual horizontal or vertical pleats. Noooo, these pleats are on an angle. Can you say FUN!? Read more
Whenever I find a resource for plus size patterns, I like to let you all know about it. That’s not to say that some of you don’t already know, but just in case, I don’t mind sharing. I stumbled across this Web site by accident while looking for something else. (Isn’t that how it always happens?) They have royalty free digital patterns for individual and commercial use. If you’re trying to start your own pattern/fashion clothing line or you just want custom-fit plus size patterns but don’t want to draft them yourself, bootstrapfashion.com may be an option for you. Read more
Yes, I’m guilty. I have fabric in the closet. And more fabric in a few tubs that I have to rummage through every time I’m looking for what I know I have, but just don’t know exactly which tub it’s in. Can you relate? Well, I created something to help me in my organizing process and I want to share it with you. So when you organize your fabric stash, or want to reorganize or update, here’s a free printable to aid you in the process. No opt-in required. Read more
You’ve spent your precious time altering your pattern, trying on a test garment, making more adjustments, trying on another test garment and finally it fits! Now what? Do you buy another pattern and do it all over again? Why not use the pattern you altered to make more styles, especially since you know it fits? I’m going to show you how to copy your favorite sewing pattern to create more styles, so you can spend more of your money on fabric and less on patterns that don’t fit. Read more
As a plus size woman, AbbeyPost should be on your radar, if it isn’t already. Why? Because this company caters to plus size women and they’re offering plus size dresses made to your measurements in the very near future. Read more
Last year one of my blog readers asked me the following question: I am sewing for my mother-in-law that has a waist size of 35 inches and a hip size of 52 inches. I can never get her curves right from one point to the other smoothly. Any tips or suggestions?
Well, after some trial and error attempts with these measurements, I think I have the answer to her question. Or at least a good place to start. Read more
It’s Christmas Eve and I wanted to take the time to thank you all for reading, commenting on my blog and watching my video tutorials.
I’m looking forward to a new year of sewing and patternmaking tutorials.
For those of you who are in the midst of cooking, baking and wrapping gifts, I hope you get to take the time to relax and enjoy your family and friends.
Thanks again for all your support and I look forward to seeing you in the new year!
I give thanks everyday, especially since a few years ago I was too sick to enjoy this holiday.
Enjoy your family, friends, food and fun and please have a very blessed Thanksgiving!