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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561585513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561585519
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read this book from start to finish, almost without stopping. Ms. Deckert tells us how to make designs more flattering by adding simple trim, moving or enlarging a pocket, or even modifying the lines of the pattern. She tells us how to choose the fabric and patterns that are comfortable and fashionable and explains how to keep these from being mutually exclusive. She then tells us how to measure ourselves and fit the pattern to our bodies (not some size 4 model), and how to fit the basted garment, thus correcting even more problems. It's worth the price of the book for her detailed description, with pictures, of how to correct many specific fitting problems. I am now confident that I can fix the sleeve on the last dress I made, which pulls in front. After reading her chapter on design elements, I think I'll add some trim to the neckline as well. We all know many of her design suggestions and fitting solutions, but she pulls it all together in one book and shows us how to look fabulous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clydia Pappenfus on Jan. 2 2000
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This book is a masterpiece of practical information for those who would sew for any size person. Barbara Deckert has geared it to the "plus size" person, but the information it contains about line, design, fabric selection, equipment for sewing, and pattern alteration is applicable to anybody. The book has many very useful illustrations of various body shapes and the way various styles will look on them, along with suggestions for modifying garment styles to make them the most attractive on those shapes. Her attitude about clothing is that it should be enjoyable to wear. She doesn't advocate stuffing the plus size body into a drab gray box, and the pictures of her and her models that the book contains demonstrates that bold, attractive colors can be worn to great advantage on it. Her section about fabric selection, both fiber content and design contains a wealth of information about the way to expect various materials to behave, along with practical guidance for selection of certain fabrics for some things and not for others. She dmystefies the arena of sewing tools, stating which are essential and which are not, along with tips such as "Don't use bright, contrasting colors (for tailor's tacks) because some threads may crock, or bleed color onto the fabric, or small fiber pieces from colored thread can stick to and discolor light fabrics." The book is totally understandable and practical. Barbara devotes a large part of the book to pattern alteration for figure irregularities. This section contains a wealth of illustrations for changing the shape of purchased patterns to accommodate various physical differences, whether they relate to size or asymmetry.Read more ›
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I'm not a plus size but I found that this book addresses issues that apply to all of us who sew clothing. The tips that it gives for fitting and for minimizing the fitting difficulties of the larger figure are adaptable for many figures and sizes. The techniques that work for flattering the larger figure also work well for those who may not be 'plus-sized' but are older, or have larger bosoms, bottoms, thighs or hips. Whether you are sewing for the fuller-figured person or otherwise, this book takes into consideration all the factors that help create garments that are both attractive and a pleasure to wear.
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By Dianne M. Acri on June 11 2013
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I have a multitude of sewing books collected over the years. This book, is one of the best! Barbara Deckert is a fantastic instructor with a multitude of helpful hints for sewing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane Yaghoobian on March 8 2003
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This is an excellent guide to making adjustments to store-bought patterns, altering clothes and understanding why things don't fit. It was worth a lot for the detailed, well illustrated information on construction and alteration that is very readable and not a drag like a lot of this stuff is. It makes sense to a normal person. That said, the "flatter" part of the title is not necessarily so. In the illustrations under the heading of "give them something to look at" (so they won't notice your size) the "before" drab outfits looked much slimmer and more attractive than the fussy "after" ones. In theory, without a "distraction", all anyone will see is how heavy you are. In practice, the fussy details make you seem heavier.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Gartrell on Dec 9 2012
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"Some" very good instructions, but some chapters duplicate free info available everywhere (redundant).
Diagrams and pics are good. I still have some questions that I thought this book might answer, but it didn't.
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By A Customer on Feb. 23 2003
Format: Paperback
Even though I am NOT a plus size, I have still found this book one of the best sewing instruction books ever. (I've been sewing for more than thirty years, but you can always learn something new.) And, as an admitted sewing junkie, I just enjoy reading books about sewing. This book is a pleasure to read, a help in sewing, and just plain good instruction from a person who is clearly an expert. I'd recommend Ms. Deckert's book to anyone who sews!
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By A Customer on Nov. 9 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a sewer for many years, one of my bigges frustrations was that the pattern companies seemed to think that all large and super-sized women are the same shape and have huge bustlines. This book really helped me understand how to alter patterns to fit ME and MY shape. I also like that the author explains how to take just about any size pattern and alter it using your specific measurements. Great for those times that you find a pattern you love, but not in your size!
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