Plus Size Dresses Made to Measure by AbbeyPost

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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.

Yes, yes, I know this is a blog about sewing for your curves. But have you ever had one of those times when you needed something fast and the thought of finding a pattern, shopping for fabric, perfecting the fit, cutting each piece, sewing…seems overwhelming? Especially on top of everything else you have to do? A plus size dress made to measure in 10 days or less would come in handy in a time like that. Could AbbeyPost’s made to measure dresses be the solution?  Read more

How to Adjust Your Waist to Hip Measurement (Hip Depth) on Your Pattern

Hip Depth katrinakaycreations.comHappy New Year! Welcome to my first blog post of the new year.

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.

Problem

There is a significant difference (17″) between the waist measurement (35″) and hip measurement (52″), which makes it hard to shape her side seam from the waist to the hip, or her hip depth.

I can see how this is a problem because commercial patterns only allow about an 8 to 10 inch distance between the waist and hip. But when you have a very small waist and larger hips, you need more room to shape your side seam.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sewing ChristmasMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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.

Don’t forget to join the Sewing Curve and share your sewing projects, questions and answers. I also hang out on Facebook and Pinterest and I would love to see you there.

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!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Give ThanksI know this is an American holiday, but we all have something to be thankful for. I could go down the list, but I want you to know I’m thankful for each of you.

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!

 

The Sewing Curve, My New Facebook Group

Sewing curve Facebook imageAt the suggestion of one of my readers, (Jo Anna, thanks again), I’ve started a new Facebook group called The Sewing Curve. In fact, Jo Anna also came up with the name, which I think is perfect for this group (women with curves, who sew, get it?). I really wanted to start a Facebook group, and I’m not sure what I was waiting for. Sometimes, you just have to stop waiting for things to be perfect and just do it. So here it is.

The Sewing Curve is a place for us to share the projects we’re working on or finished, our fitting issues, the sewing patterns we love, our sewing triumphs and anything else you’d like to share as it relates to sewing, patternmaking, plus size fashion, etc. Read more

How to Calculate Wearing Ease For a Better Fitting Plus Size Pattern

plus size pattern katrinakaycreations.comYes, knowing how to calculate the wearing ease for a better fitting plus size pattern is necessary. Why, you ask? Because pattern companies put extra wearing ease in their patterns so that they will fit a wide range of women who are the same size. They know that every woman who is a size 20W does not have the same shape or build, so the extra ease is added to allow for any alterations that need to be made.

***Note*** This is mainly for woven fabrics. Knit fabrics are totally different because they stretch, so little to no ease is needed.

What is wearing ease? Simplicity Patterns defines wearing ease as the difference between your body measurement and the finished garment measurement at the same body part. Wearing ease is what allows you to move in your clothes without splitting your seams.

Finished garment measurements are what your garment measures at the bust, waist and hip when it is sewn together without any changes to the pattern.

You determine what amount of wearing ease you need in your garment to feel comfortable, no one can determine that for you.

When you have more wearing ease in your pattern than you want or need, it creates additional fitting problems for you. How? Read more

How to Sew a Waistband that Will Never Roll or Wrinkle

How to Sew a Waistband that Will Never Roll or Wrinkle  katrinakaycreationsAre you tired of your waistband rolling and wrinkling under your stomach? Well, let me show you how to sew a waistband that will never roll or wrinkle.

Now, if you don’t have a muffin top, this may not apply to you. I realize that all plus size women are not going to have this problem.

But if you do, then I believe this waistband will solve your problem, just as it did for me.

Years ago, I bought one of the most comfortable denim skirts I have ever worn. I wore that skirt until I wore it out. The waistband on that skirt was a 1/2″ tall (Is the correct term tall or wide? I’m not sure) and it was soooo comfortable. But, for some reason it never occurred to me to duplicate that waistband on the skirts I sew myself.

A few years later, I bought 3 skirts from Macy’s (when their plus size clothes were really nice) by Le Suit and noticed the waistband on every skirt was only 3/8″ tall.

It never rolled or wrinkled and was so comfortable, I decided to make all of my skirts with this waistband.

To create this waistband, you can make an easy adjustment to your Read more

How to Sew Your Skirt Lining to Your Zipper by Sewing Machine

sew your skirt lining to your zipper by sewing machine, not by hand

Have you ever wondered how to sew your skirt lining to your zipper by sewing machine instead of by hand?

Every ready-to-wear skirt I have ever purchased has the skirt lining sewn to the zipper by sewing machine. But when you purchase commercial patterns, the instructions tell you to sew the skirt lining to your zipper by hand.

Now, I don’t have a problem with hand stitching-I still hem my skirts by hand, even though I have a blind hemmer (that’s another story). But I like hand stitching only when it’s necessary or when I can’t get the same quality by machine stitching.

I was taught in my sewing class in college that the inside of your garment Read more

Plus Size Pattern Alteration: 7 Steps to Your Custom Shoulder Slope

Shoulder Slope katrinakaycreationsWhen you purchase your plus size pattern, one alteration you may have to do is alter your shoulder slope. The shoulder slope is the angle of your shoulder from the base of your neck to your shoulder point.

How can you tell if you need to alter your pattern? If you have excess fabric or wrinkles between your shoulder point and the start of your bust, you need to lower your shoulder slope. If your fabric is pulling or straining between your shoulder point and the start of your bust, you need to raise your shoulder slope. Read more

Custom Plus Size Top Pattern: Free Resource for Drafting Your Own

Draft Basic Plus Size Bodice Pattern | katrinakaycreations.comHave you ever tried to draft your own custom plus size top pattern but couldn’t find a book or article that used a real body or a plus size body with real fitting challenges?

I’ve seen many books, articles and tutorials give instruction on how to draft your custom top pattern, but this Threads Magazine article by Judith Neukam does something that none of the others have done.

They use a plus size woman.

That’s right. Instead of a size 8 or 10 dress form, or a perfectly proportioned plus size dress form, she uses not only a plus size woman, but a woman with real fitting challenges. Hallelujah!  Read more