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Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes That Fit & Flatter [Paperback]

Barbara Deckert
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March 15 2002
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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Writes Deckert, "The goal of all plus-size design is to emphasize your positive attributes and modify or distract from those you feel are less desirable." Deckert is herself a plus-sized woman and a custom clothier with more than 30 years of sewing experience. Given that most clothing manufacturers have never learned to design attractive, well-fitting clothes for women who wear a size 14 or larger, the woman who wants to achieve style beyond size must sew her own clothes. This book will make that task less formidable. Illustrated with photos of plus-sized models, including the author herself, this book emphasizes analyzing pattern designs based on individual figure proportions and working effectively with fabric color and texture. Major sections of the book are devoted to tools for plus-sized sewing (including instructions for making an inexpensive personal paper-tape dress form), choosing fabric, taking measurements, "sizing-up" commercial patterns for the plus-sized figure, and modifying patterns to make clothing more comfortable and durable. Enthusiastically recommended for all public libraries with sewing and costuming collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fitting Book I Really Needed June 12 2001
By A Customer
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
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Plus' Not Just For 'Plus Sizes' Oct. 1 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Construction info yes, style no. March 8 2003
Format:Paperback
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat helpful 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Works for Anyone! Feb. 23 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a favorite of mine. Nov. 9 2002
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Very skimpy on detail
I thinkFantastic Fit for Every Body: How to Alter Patterns to Flatter Your Figure by Gale Grigg Hazen and the Vogue Sewing Book are much better. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Georgina
5.0 out of 5 stars Sewing for Plus Sizes - a Godsend
Warning: Please be advised that this is the paperback book of Sewing for Plus Sizes: Design, Fit, and Construction for Ample Apparel. Read more
Published on July 18 2002 by "riverwillow345"
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
I purchased this books after I had such a difficult time with constructing a top for a very plus-size client and while I had trouble getting a pants waistband to fit my own... Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Help Available
This book explains in detail the problems faced with readymade wear and purchased patterns. In detail it explains how to alter patterns so that many styles that you thought would... Read more
Published on July 30 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Sewing for Plus Sizes
This book is great! It not only gives information on designing flattering clothing, it gives explicit instructions on how to alter ready-made patterns to fit individual bodies,... Read more
Published on July 21 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Every Plus Size Sewer
This book has a had a profound effect on my sewing, all for the better. I can now use ANY pattern I come accross regardless of size to make cloths that will look good, last long,... Read more
Published on May 25 2001 by Robin E. Williams
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