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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money spent May 21 2001
Format:Hardcover
Barbara Deckert makes sewing for larger sized people a lot easier with this sensitive and informative book.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Sewing For Plus Sizes June 2 2000
Format:Hardcover
I REALLY found this book helpfull! I am a large-size woman and have been very frustrated with ready-made dresses. This book gives practacal, very candid advice on what will look good on My body type and how to achieve the effect I want. The authers understanding of what it is like to live in, and dress a plus-size body (what our thighs do when we sit down for example) is really helpfull... she knows what she is talking about. The pictures in the book are beautiful, they raise hope that we large-size girls can look both businesslike and sexy as the occasion demands! The dicussion of fabric types and how they will act on my body is very helpful for someone like me who is not as knowlagable as someone who has been sewing for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! July 17 2002
Format:Paperback
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 not-so-svelte body. Barbara Deckert's book definitely helped me to get those pants done right. Her instructions and illustrations on the various kinds of elasticized waistbands were perfect. A lot of the information that she provides throughout the book, for all kinds of garments, is not available anywhere else. Most people do not bother with this size group, but thank God she did. If you are a designer or sewer of custom-made clothing and want to tap into a neglected market, this is the book that you'll need to help you understand your customer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Plus' Not Just For 'Plus Sizes'
I'm not a plus size but I found that this book addresses issues that apply to all of us who sew clothing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Della Mae Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
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 15 months ago by Dianne M. Acri
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat helpful
"Some" very good instructions, but some chapters duplicate free info available everywhere (redundant).
Diagrams and pics are good. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Carol Gartrell
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Construction info yes, style no.
This is an excellent guide to making adjustments to store-bought patterns, altering clothes and understanding why things don't fit. Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by Diane Yaghoobian
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Works for Anyone!
Even though I am NOT a plus size, I have still found this book one of the best sewing instruction books ever. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a favorite of mine.
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2002
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 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
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