Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes that Fit and Flatter Paperback – Mar 15 2002
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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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As well as dealing with the usual problems of sewing your own clothes, she include sections on adapting patterns to the various 'body shapes', that people have. Very few people have the standard shape that fashion so often assumes.
The most useful points of the book for me were the 'make your personalized mannequin' in just two hours with no specialist skills required, and the clearly given advice on fitting and shaping the garment.
Also for the more commercial seamstress/er the section on selling and sewing to order provides useful guidelines. Advice in this area ranges from describing the most accurate process in clothes production (what stages to hold fittings etc), to the process of making a sales quote and what the quote should provide (and the possible catches involved).
Sewing for Plus Sizes remains very useful for me as many of my family and friends find it hard to obtain the diversity in clothes they'd like to see in their size in the shops.
Thank you Barbara
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This book is unique in that it deals with true plus size fitting problems. Many other books deal with the adjustments needed to make a size 20 fit a size 22. Ms. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joanne Lagendyk
I'm not a plus size but I found that this book addresses issues that apply to all of us who sew clothing. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2013 by Della Mae Johnston
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.Published on June 11 2013 by Amazon Customer
"Some" very good instructions, but some chapters duplicate free info available everywhere (redundant).
Diagrams and pics are good. Read more
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 morePublished on June 17 2003 by Georgina
This is an excellent guide to making adjustments to store-bought patterns, altering clothes and understanding why things don't fit. Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by Diane Yaghoobian
Even though I am NOT a plus size, I have still found this book one of the best sewing instruction books ever. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003
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 morePublished on July 17 2002 by Amazon Customer