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!
At 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. Read more
Yes, 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. Read more